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Uwe Rosler says Luke Murphy is in contention to start against Derby

The 25-year-old has surprised the Leeds staff with his return to fitness.

Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler admits the club underestimated just how quickly Luke Murphy would be in contention to start again for the Yorkshire side, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Indeed, the 25-year-old was ruled out for a number of weeks and Rosler was always of the belief he could only think about starting him again after the international break. Now, though, the Leeds boss has confirmed Murphy could well start against Derby County.

The German is quoted as telling reporters during his pre-Derby press conference:

"He is very close. He’s ahead of schedule. We always felt that it would be after the international break when he would be ready to start games. Now he’s very close to starting games and he’s definitely in contention to start on Saturday."

Rosler himself had spoken earlier this summer of Murphy's off-pitch dedication being crucial to his return after pre-season, suggesting the midfielder's absence won't be too much of a problem as he will get himself up to speed.

In a sense, then, the Leeds boss was right all along - he just forgot to factor that in when assessing exactly when Murphy could return.

After the 25-year-old's introduction against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, the momentum of the game swung in United's favour. Alex Mowatt also came on and played a big part in that but Murphy shored up the Leeds midfield. His return to the starting line-up could well play a big part in the Whites earning their first competitive win of the season - if not this week then at least soon.

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