Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Becchio Still Injured O'brien Doubtful

Leeds United will again be without last season’s top scorer Luciano Becchio for tonight’s pre-season friendly at Rochdale.Becchio, who missed the club’s two games in Scotland last week, is still troubled by the hamstring injury he suffered towards the end of the last campaign and won’t be considered for the first of the club’s pre-season games on English soil.Becchio and defender Andy O’Brien (side strain) returned home early from Scotland for treatment to their injuries and striker Davide Somma’s cruciate ligament injury means he will be a long-term absentee.O’Brien has an outside chance of returning against Rochdale and is added to the squad which saw action in the wins over Falkirk and Motherwell.

United have been working hard in the hope of adding to their squad, however Coventry are refusing to part with midfielder and captain Sammy Clingan, 27, the Northern Ireland international who has reportedly been interesting Elland Road manager Simon Grayson.

Wigan are the latest club to be linked with Robert Snodgrass after United rejected a bid from Norwich but United are keen to hold on to the Scotland international winger.

Meanwhile, United’s game at Leicester, originally due on Saturday, November 5 has been moved to Sunday, November 6 (3pm) to avoid clashing with a televised rugby union game involving Leicester Tigers, who share the Walkers Stadium.

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