Rodrigo ready to return for Leeds United at West Ham United

Rodrigo is set to return from injury for Leeds United at the London Stadium tonight.

Rodrigo: Played for Under-23s.

The £27m club record signing has missed the last six matches, four of which have been lost, with a groin injury suffered at Leicester City but played 45 minutes for the Under-23s in Friday’s victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers, and appears to have suffered no ill-effects.

“Great feeling getting some minutes with the U23s,” he posted on Instagram afterwards. “Totally focussed on Monday against West Ham!”

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With 12 games of the season left, West Ham remain contenders to qualify for the Champions League which is a considerable achievement for a team which finished 16th last season.

Leeds United coach, Marcelo Bielsa. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

“They’ve been able to maintain a stable partnership in midfield (between Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek),” noted Bielsa.

“The four full-backs are important players. Apart from that, they have resolved the absence of (Arthur) Masuaku (who has not played since early December with a knee injury).

“Their two goalkeepers have shone and the centre-backs, not only have they been sure at the back, they have also contributed goals in attack. They have a very good set-piece taker with his left foot (Aaron Cresswell) and the manager (David Moyes) has been able to obtain some very good football with that team.”

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