Neil Redfearn had good and bad news on the injury front ahead of the game with Millwall this weekend.
Leeds United continued their recent run of good form with an excellent away win against Reading at the Madejski Stadium in midweek. This weekend it is back to Championship action for the club as Neil Redfearn's men go head to head with Millwall.
Leeds have now won three out of their last four games and face a Millwall side at Elland Road on Saturday who are still in the relegation mark, but would have been buoyed by a midweek win at Birmingham City.
To pick up victory Leeds will need to be as near to full strength as possible, so in Redfearn's press conference at Thorp Arch this afternoon he gave an update on the several injury problems at the club. There was good news and, inevitably, bad news.
The good news is that Rodolph Austin and Gaetano Berardi look set to return from their recent bout of illness. The pairs return gives Redfearn a couple of selection dilemmas to consider.
Redfearn says Austin & Berardi should be back from illness in time for Saturday: "That will give us a boost." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) February 12, 2015
Now, the bad news. While not going into specifics Redfearn admitted the odd niggle and knock for some of his players whilst also confirming what many believed about midfielder Tommaso Bianchi. The on-loan Italian midfielder injured his knee in the game with Reading in the week and Redfearn confirmed his season looks over, as he requires an operation.
It also appears as though Liam Cooper will be missing from the game.
On the injury front, Redfearn says Cooper is "struggling" & Bianchi "will be out for a while with his knee" & will need an operation. #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) February 12, 2015
Aside from Cooper & Bianchi, Redfearn says there are "one or two niggles & knocks" ahead of Saturday's game with Millwall. #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) February 12, 2015
Redfearn says Bianchi is likely to be "out for a couple of months" & admits that could rule him out for the season. #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) February 12, 2015
So mixed news on the injury front for Leeds United. Here's hoping it does not damage their chances of yet another impressive result against rivals Millwall.