Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Injuries may force changes

Leeds United boss Simon Grayson could be set to re-shuffle his pack at Preston on Tuesday as he weighs up his injury doubts ahead of the game.
Striker Luciano Becchio and central defender Andy O'Brien were both withdrawn during Saturday's win against Doncaster after picking up knocks, while defender Eric Lichaj also picked up a knock in the 5-2 win.
On the plus side, Grayson has welcomed new signing Barry Bannan to the ranks - the Scotland international trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Monday after joining on loan - and Paul Connolly and Lloyd Sam are both pushing for places in the squad.
Both players completed over an hour in the reserves on Monday afternoon, and the arrival of Bannan from Aston Villa plus the returning duo, gives Grayson plenty of food for thought for the trip to Deepdale.
"We've got a few knocks from the weekend, but we'll assess everyone on Tuesday morning," said the boss.
"Obviously we're delighted to bring Barry in, and Conns and Lloyd both played an hour in the reserves which is good news.
"We'll have a look and whatever we go with will be a fit, strong team for what will be a tough game.
"Preston have done well over the past few weeks under Phil Brown, and there's the Yorkshire-Lancashire thing as well about the game so it'll be a lively atmosphere and we won't be underestimating them."

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