Neil Redfearn confirms Leeds striker has injury, gives update

Steve Morison

Neil Redfearn confirmed Steve Morison was withdrawn with injury against Bournemouth and needs to rest.

Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds that Steve Morison was withdrawn against Bournemouth due to injury.

Morison was making his second start in a matter of days for the club, but was substituted at in the 66th minute for Billy Sharp.

Such was his importance to the side, Redfearn played him as long as he could despite him picking up the injury earlier, taking him off when he could not continue any longer.

He said: "He had his hip flexing. We wanted to keep him on cos he was very focal to what we were doing.

"We got 20 minutes more than we should have had out of him. I think its just a slight strain, nothing major but we need to rest him up for a couple of days."

Leeds will be hanging on Morison's fitness ahead of the weekend's trip to Huddersfield Town, which says everything about his rise up the pecking order in recent weeks, with him at one stage considered fourth choice.

This was the first game Leeds have won which he has started this season, and while he did not score, he led the line well for the hour or so he played.

Morison had one shot on goal which did not end up on target, but made two interceptions as he worked hard to pressure Bournemouth from the very front.

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