Jack Clarke made his long-awaited return to action with the U23s on Monday, and Marcelo Bielsa is now considering a first-team recall for the talented winger, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The 18-year-old has not been a part of the manager’s plans since he required urgent medical attention at the Riverside Stadium during our draw with Middlesbrough, but is now training with the Argentine again having come through the academy clash unscathed.
Given Clarke collapsed on Teesside before being taken to hospital, Bielsa has so far opted for a cautious approach with the United product’s involvement, and this must continue.
The boss has claimed that he is now contemplating whether or not Clarke is ready for a spot on the bench in our potential automatic-promotion deciding clash with Sheffield United on Saturday, stating: “I haven’t taken my decision yet.”
If Carlos Corberan’s development squad to face Fulham on Thursday night does not include Clarke, it will act as a huge indicator that Bielsa has decided he is ready for the bench.
It may not be the best move by Bielsa, however, as allowing Clarke to get at least one more game under his belt with Corberan’s lads will help the fan favourite get back to full match fitness.