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Adryan? Redfearn is lining up exciting Leeds United alternative Chris Dawson already

Chris Dawson will be ready to step in if Adryan does not recover in time to feature for Leeds United against Charlton.

Brazilian loanee Adryan missed Leeds United's defeat to Cardiff City at the weekend, Neil Redfearn's first game in charge.

He was injured and did not travel with the squad although is hoping to return for the midweek game with Charlton.

If he does not make it, Leeds fans should be encouraged by Neil Redfearn's readiness to utilise another player from the under-21 squad, Chris Dawson.

Dawson was brought off the bench for the final 22 minutes against Cardiff, his second ever appearance for the club.

The midfielder was tidy, completing 87% of his passes, and having one shot at goal. He also made one successful dribble and won one tackle, eager to get involved in the Championship encounter.

It was not enough to prevent Leeds slipping to a 3-1 defeat, yet simply making it into the squad and onto the pitch was a big success for him.

A Welsh under-21 international, Dawson, 20, has been impressive for Leeds' under-21 side this season, managed of course by Neil Redfearn.

Just as he has successfully with Alex Mowatt, the signs are there that Redfearn is willing to introduce Dawson into the first team squad, and there won't be a need to send him out on loan, as the youngster had previously suggested could be an option for him.

Speaking after the game, Redfearn suggested Adryan would 'possibly' be fit for the home fixture with Charlton Athletic in midweek, yet if the Brazilian is not good to go, he clearly will have no qualms about bringing Dawson back into the squad and even the side if he feels the circumstances are right.

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