Izzy Brown’s wait for his first start for Leeds United is set to continue.
The 22-year-old is currently on loan at Elland Road from Chelsea, but the start of his season was disrupted due to recovering from an Cruciate Ligament Rupture which sustained last January during a spell at Brighton and Hove Albion.
He did return to action in mid-November, getting 45 minutes under his belt for the U23’s in their 3-0 loss against their Birmingham City counterparts, but was back on the sidelines soon after with a hamstring problem.
That setback saw Brown miss 13 Championship games as well as the FA Cup third round loss at Queens Park Rangers and was an unused substitute in games against Middlesbrough, Swansea City and Bolton following his recovery.
With United flying high in the table, manager Marcelo Bielsa has found a winning formula with his starting XI which doesn’t include the Blues loan star and doesn’t plan to include the attacking midfielder in his team to face Reading tonight.
“Yes. It is the same group and same starting eleven,” the Argentine told reporters ahead of the game.
Tonight’s clash will also feature another of Chelsea 40+ strong ‘loan army’ as midfielder Lewis Baker is in line to feature against the club whom he began the season with and Bielsa has opened up on his regret over the situation.
“I wanted him to stay in our team,” Bielsa added. “I didn’t agree with the fact that he left. He didn’t need my agreement to leave but in his contract he had that option.
“I always had a lot of confidence in his skills.”
If Brown can force his way into Bielsa’s plans over the next few weeks then he could prove to be a lucky omen for Leeds having helped Huddersfield Town earn promotion to the Premier League in the 2016-17 season, scoring four goals in the second half of the campaign.