After four wins in the last five games, Leeds United are looking to continue their fine recent form this weekend as they take on high-flying Middlesbrough.
Boro are pushing for promotion back to the Premier League under Spanish manager Aitor Karanka, and sit top of the Championship having gone nine games unbeaten, in a run which has included six wins.
It's a tricky trip to the Riverside for Leeds, but they head to Teesside in search of three more points as they move further clear of the relegation zone.
Manager Neil Redfearn spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday's game, and told the press that defender Liam Cooper could return, as reported by the official Leeds United witter account.
Redfearn says Liam Cooper is back fit & has trained this week, meaning he could be in contention: "That's a big plus for us." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) February 19, 2015
Cooper, a summer signing from Chesterfield, has missed the last couple of games with a hip flexor injury, giving Sol Bamba and Giuseppe Bellusci the chance to strike up a partnership in defence.
However, Ivorian international Bamba has a slight hamstring strain according to Redfearn, and whilst he should be fit to face Boro, there are understandably questions over his fitness.
Having Cooper back in contention is therefore a huge boost to Redfearn, even if he's likely to only be on the bench this weekend.