Leeds United boss confirms Sol Bamba and Giuseppe Bellusci are set to start this weekend

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Neil Redfearn says Liam Cooper will have to push for his starting place at Leeds.

Leeds United have been in great form recently and one of the main reasons for their uptake in results has been a series of solid defensive performances - which have seen Leeds concede just the two goals in their last five games.

The last two games have seen Leeds not concede at all and the partnership of new signing Sol Bamba and Giuseppe Bellusci in those games has certainly got tongues wagging.

Now however Leeds boss Neil Redfearn has a selection dilemma. Whilst he is undoubtedly happy with having so many top draw options at the heart of his defence, he is also going to have to make a decision now that Liam Cooper is back from his recent injury trouble.

Yesterday, as noted on the Leeds United official audioboom site, Redfearn discussed the selection problem he has now that Cooper is back in the frame:

"We've got three good players for two spots. But obviously the lads that have done well it will probably be the case that they will stay in. Like you said you've got players now competing for places. So the lads that are in there have got to play well to stay in. So hopefully, in the right set of circumstances, it makes for playing well as a side."

It would certainly seem then that, for now at least, Redfearn is set to stick with the current pairing of Bamba and Bellusci at the back.

The pair are both cultured defenders who really balance each other out well. In the last two games they have proved impenetrable for both Reading and Millwall, so they should obviously get the chance against high-flying Middlesbrough at the weekend.

Having Cooper back, breathing down their necks, can only improve the performances of the incumbent duo even further.

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