Evans explains reason why Jordan Botaka isn't playing for Leeds v Bolton

Elland Road pitchside

Jordan Botaka has fallen ill, according to Leeds manager Steve Evans.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told LUTV that winger Jordan Botaka is missing out against Bolton Wanderers today due to a virus.

Evans is looking for his first win as Whites boss having taken the reins on Monday, replacing Uwe Rosler after just two victories this season.

A 1-1 draw against Fulham was a boost, but his side currently trail 1-0 away at Bolton Wanderers this afternoon, with Shola Ameobi's goal giving the Trotters the lead.

One of the more intriguing pieces of team news before the game was that winger Jordan Botaka was out of the squad entirely, with Souleymane Doukara taking his place on the bench.

The DR Congo international, who arrived from Excelsior in the Netherlands on deadline day, has been a bit-part player so far, but his speed and trickery has given Leeds a different dimension down the right hand side.

It was therefore surprising to see him out of the squad, but manager Evans clarified the reason why when talking to LUTV before the game, stating that Botaka had come down with a vrius, and has returned to Leeds to recuperate. 

"Jordan Botaka has gone home ill from the team hotel this morning," said Evans. "He woke up in a dreadful state, I think with just a virus; hots, colds, shivering - we've all done it. So the medical staff spoke to me and he was dispatched home to bed," he added.

Evans, as well as Leeds fans, will be hoping that Botaka recovers quickly and gets himself back in contention for a place in the side, with the game against Blackburn Rovers coming up on Thursday.

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