Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has hinted he could bring Giuseppe Bellusci back into his starting line-up for the game against Wigan this afternoon.
The centre-back has been struggling with a hamstring problem and is also dealing with a charge for racially abusing Norwich’s Cameron Jerome in a game earlier on this season.
However, on both fronts, Redfearn doesn’t believe the player will be affected this afternoon.
“I’d expect him to be available. He’s trained and he’s trained well. We chose not to risk him and we’ve done the right thing. He’s a big player but at the same time, losing him for a few games is better than taking the chance that he does his hamstring badly,” Redfearn was quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“The club are backing him and he’s very much involved with us. His mind’s on the football.”
The Leeds defence is one area of the team, which has been criticised heavily this season and one of the problems for the boss has been that he’s not always been able to pick the same back four.
Consistency is everything for any defence because it allows players to settle, develop understandings and form a tight unit, which is more difficult for the opposition to break down.
Jason Pearce, Liam Cooper and Bellusci have all had to play in different variations this season, but it’s important if Redfearn opts for Bellusci, he withdraws him if he shows signs of being physically affected by his hamstring problem or mentally affected by the charge hanging over his head.
Leeds will be confident this afternoon, regardless of the combination of defenders Redfearn uses in the middle of his back four, as Leeds look to start climbing the table and away from the scrap to avoid the drop into League One.