Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has commented on Rodolph Austin's chances of being fit for the club's game against Blackburn Rovers this weekend.
Neil Redfearn says that Rodolph Austin is fully match-fit and ready to play for Leeds United against Blackburn Rovers this weekend.
The midfielder only played 45 minutes in Leeds' last fixture - a 3-1 win over Blackpool - after missing their three previous games with injury, but he was plunged into action during the international break.
Representing his nation, Jamaica, Austin was not eased back into starting contention after injury and was forced to play four matches during the past week.
It was a gruelling schedule for the powerful central midfielder, but Redfearn believes that he will still be fit enough to play a part for Leeds at Ewood Park.
"There’s not a right lot we can do about Rudy Austin’s situation," Redfearn told the club's official site. "He’s played four games in a short space of time but he’ll come back match-fit.
"We know he’s match-fit now. He was on the bench from injury before and now he’s played four games. It’s just a case of monitoring him now."
Austin was expected to be one of the Whites' key performers this season, due to his experience, but his form has not been up to scratch so far.
Although there have been glimpses of him at his best, too many times he has been anonymous on the pitch.
A destructive midfielder, on his day Austin is one of the best players in the second tier, but his performance levels have not been consistent enough to date.
It remains to be seen whether Austin will be handed a start by Redfearn, or utilised from the bench, but he will be determined to impress after coming back from injury.
The Whites need him to lead by example, too, as they have struggled for points so far this season and they are heading into a tough run of fixtures.
Leeds take on a number of the Championship's better sides in their next five matches and if they are to push on they will need to have everybody performing to their optimum levels.