Leeds United have big forwards in doubt, but experienced defenders could feature at Chelsea in the FA Cup

Leeds United could be missing some key players for Wednesday's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Chelsea.

With Premier League promotion the over-riding priority, the Whites have been careful not to risk players they might push out for a Championship game, and the match at Stamford Bridge is unlikely to be any different.

"To be honest at the moment all my players are in my thoughts because we have such a tight group at the moment," said Farke. "Every player who is fit and available is normally in the gameday squad.

"I don't have too many tough decisions at the moment.

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DOUBTS: Leeds United manager Daniel FarkeDOUBTS: Leeds United manager Daniel Farke
DOUBTS: Leeds United manager Daniel Farke

"The last game cost lots of energy and we have a few doubts. Patrick Bamford showed a little reaction in his calf and got a hit on his ankle.

"Cree Summerville rolled his ankle, it's pretty swollen so there is a bigger question mark over his availability.

"There's a little bruise for Daniel James, he should be available but there's a little question mark against him and a major question mark over Georginio Rutter because he has problems with his hip flexor and won't be able to train on Monday.

"We won't do anything stupid and risk long-term injuries."

But Conor Roberts is available for the first time in this season's competition, and will be in consideration after his crucial equaliser in Friday's top-of-the-Championship win over Leicester City.

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"Conor is an experienced player who had a great impact to turn the game against Leicester and he's also in my thoughts for the cup comptition," said Farke.

"Sam Byram is back in team training and it looks like he'll be available."

Farke is also very way of the league games to come, with a Saturday game at Huddersfield Town, a midweek visit from Stoke City and a Friday-night game at Sheffield Wednesday.

"When you are in the crunch time period for promotion back to the Premier League you also have to keep this a bit in mind and make sure in your decision-making you don't do anything stupid," said the manager. "We won't risk any player.

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"If I'm honest I would prefer to have this game in different circumstances, not within a schedule of four games in 10 days and three league games within six days.

"To kick off Wednesday evening and whyever we have the early kick-off on Saturday at 12.30.

"Nornally we would definitely be the underdog so I would like to be able to concentrate even a little bit more on this game and be able to prepare even a bit more but we will have in our mind that in two and a haf days later we play a pretty important derby against Huddersfield but sometimes you can't choose and we have to take things like they are and make the best of circumstances."

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