'It's not professional' - Redfearn blasts Leeds United star Rodolph Austin

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Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn appeared unimpressed with Rodolph Austin.

Leeds boss Neil Redfearn has criticised midfielder Rodolph Austin after he pulled out injured ahead of the clash with Fulham, having been due to feature.

Austin participated in the warm-up for the Elland Road clash, but pulled out complaining of an injury.

Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds after the 1-0 loss: "It's not professional to go out and not be right in the warm up.

"I'd like to think you'd know before you go out, but the end of the day I suppose these things happen and you ride it and get on with it, but in an ideal world you've got an idea whether your going to be fit enough."

The head coach confirmed Austin was suffering from 'an ankle injury', but did not hint how long he would be out of action for.

Redfearn is usually very publicly supportive of his players, and his comments indicate his frustration in part at the disappointing loss to Fulham.

Players going off injured in warm-ups is not uncommon, take Sami Khedira for Germany in the 2014 World Cup Final, but Redfearn may have his reasons to believe Austin had more forewarning about his condition than he let on beforehand.

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