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Neil Redfearn has his say on Leeds' injured six in frank interview

Neil Redfearn

The Leeds boss was reacting to his side's defeat to Charlton.

Neil Redfearn admits it was 'disappointing' for no less than six Leeds United players to pull out of their Championship clash with Charlton Athletic with injury, according to the club's official AudioBoom channel.

The injured six all withdrew on the eve of the game - Friday night - and opinion has been divided on whether it was too much of a coincidence.

Marco Silvestri, Giuseppe Bellusci and Mirco Antenucci were the only three stars who regularly feature for Leeds to pull out and Redfearn admits it was disappointing.

A downbeat Leeds boss admits he would like to believe there is nothing to it - simply players that are actually injured pulling out - but says it is a tough situation.

On Silvestri, Redfearn says he was told he would be fit for the Charlton game but later ruled himself out. His physio also later said he thinks the players are indeed injured.

He told LUTV: "I was told Marco would be fit but he declared himself unfit on Friday.

"It's disappointing, it's a lot of people in one go to get injured. We'll have to see. I'm led by the physio. We'll assess them.

"You'd like to think it isn't [a conspiracy]. If they say they're injured, we've got to treat them accordingly. It's tough."

In the end, Leeds lost 2-1 to Charlton in a strange game - perhaps not as strange as the Yorkshire side's season as a whole, though.

United had control and Steve Morison gave them the lead. But the hosts hit back twice in the second half to seal victory.

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