Yorkshire latest: Gray backs Cooper for Leeds defence, Llera back at Wednesday

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‘Gray backs Cooper to keep out Bellusci’

Leeds United legend Eddie Gray has backed young defender Liam Cooper to retain his place after the international break.

Cooper came into Neil Redfearn’s team originally to replace the suspended Jason Pearce.

He scored against Blackpool last weekend as he kept his place, with Giuseppe Bellusci suspended and Gray believes he’s done enough to keep Bellusci from going back into the team against Blackburn.

“I think he’ll start the next game against Blackburn after the international break and I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t,” he wrote for the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“The boy played well on Saturday and I think the midfield played well with young Lewis Cook back to showing what he can do.”

‘Llera returns to Sheffield Wednesday

Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Miguel Llera has returned to the Owls as a coach in the academy.

Llera is helping to train youngsters in the Youth Development Phase at the club.

“Miguel is a quality coach, giving us further experience and knowledge in providing our academy players with the best possible coaching available,” said Owls academy boss Deans Ramsdale.

‘Powell delighted with Vaughan progress’

Huddersfield Town boss Chris Powell has revealed his delight at the progress being made by striker James Vaughan as he fights to overcome injury.

Vaughan has spent time in rehabilitation at the FA’s headquarters at St Georges Park.

“James has benefited from his time at St George’s Park, and he’s going the right way. He is able to do straight-line running plus a bit of twisting, and that’s good to see,” Powell told the Examiner.

‘Doyle’s Wembley dream with Sheffield United’

Sheffield United skipper Michael Doyle is aiming to get all the way to Wembley with Sheffield United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The Blades face a difficult game in their next tie against Walsall.

“You can never underestimate the importance of playing at Wembley - Those are memories to cherish but we’ll only be looking forward tonight, and it would be great to get there again,” said Doyle.

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