The Whites were held to a 0-0 stalemate by Hull City at the MKM Stadium on Wednesday night, but the result extends their unbeaten streak to five league games. Leeds dominated the first half, with Ryan Allsop making saves on Georginio Rutter and Crysencio Summerville, but the visitors were reduced to ten men in the 60th minute when Joe Rodon was sent a second yellow card for a challenge on Aaron Connolly.
The Tigers grew into the game and nearly capitalized on their numerical advantage late in the game, but Adama Traore missed an open chance.
Leeds currently sit ninth in the table and they are just two points from the play-offs as they prepare to face the 14th-placed Hornets, with just one point separating the two teams.
The Hornets are unbeaten in their last three games and they drew 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion at Vicarage Road on Wednesday night.
As the countdown to kick off continues, we rounded up all the latest Leeds team news. Which Leeds United players are set to miss the Watford match?
Leeds manager Daniel Farke confirmed he will be without winger Wilfried Gnonto for the game against Watford after he was forced off with an ankle injury against Hull in midweek.
“Sadly bad news with him,” Farke said, as per
Phil Hay of The Athletic.
He’s done his lateral ankle ligament.
“We wait for the assessment this afternoon. He’ll definitely not be available tomorrow.”
Striker Patrick Bamford returned to training last week and while the game against the Hornets will come to soon for him, Farke revealed he could be in contention next week.
“No, he’s not fully fit,” Farke told Leeds Live.
“Because he was out for eight weeks and is just back in team training for more or less six days, so we will still be careful with him.
“I think this week was also not the easiest week because we trained more or less with just small groups because we had to differ between the players with lots of loads and the players who were not much involved on the pitch.
“As a result, it was not the easiest week for him to return to team training.” I believe the next week will be very beneficial because we will have more time on the training field, and I expect him to be back in the mix for next week.”
The Whites had a significant boost this week when midfielder Stuart Dallas returned to training after missing over a year due to a serious knee injury, and Farke believes he could return in the near future.
“First and foremost, I congratulate him. He’s had a difficult journey. He took part in team training yesterday. The group was waiting outside to greet him. He’s significant not only on the field, but also off it. I enjoy conversing with him. He is a legend at this club because of all he has done for it. He’s been gone for so long. We have a rule that you have to be in training for the duration of your absence, but I hope it won’t be that lengthy,” Farke told Leeds Live.
Rodon will be unavailable following his red card against Hull on Wednesday night.