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Steve Morison's absence from the Leeds fixture explained, Sharp, Austin updates

Weekend starter Steve Morison was absent from the Leeds squad which drew midweek with Charlton.

After making two consecutive starts for Leeds, Steve Morison was conspicuous by his absence against Charlton.

The striker was not even on the bench, leaving fans to wonder if after two goalless appearances, he had been dropped?

Head coach Neil Redfearn made a point of explaining post-match this was not the case, with illness cited as the reason for him not being in the squad.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "He got flu. He's got a flu virus so it's laid him low."

There is therefore a reasonable chance Morison recovers in time to be in contention to feature against Blackpool at the weekend.

The striker fans really want to see given a chance though, is Billy Sharp, who is recovering from injury.

Asked if he could be in with a shout for the weekend's game, Redfearn was non-committal, commenting:

"Possibly, he's worked hard this week and he's borderline, he's getting to that point where he's close.

"The same thing with Rudy Austin, I'd like to think they are both going to be available, and that will be a big plus for us, but like I said, we'll have to wait and see."

Austin could come in for Tommaso Bianchi who disappointed on Wednesday, while the striker at risk is Souleymane Doukara, who did not look much of a goal threat against the Addicks.

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