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Steve Evans confirms Leeds will face Wycombe over international break, Ainsworth reacts

Leeds United will travel to face Wycombe Wanderers over the international break.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has confirmed to LUTV that his side will take on League Two outfit Wycombe Wanderers in a 'full, competitive friendly' over the international break.

Evans is currently preparing for Leeds' trip to face Huddersfield Town this weekend, and having beaten Cardiff City 1-0 on Tuesday night, spirits are high at Elland Road.

After facing Huddersfield, Leeds head in to the international break, and rather than give his players time off, Evans has decided that he wants his squad to be playing a game.

Wycombe Wanderers have confirmed on their official website that they will host Leeds in a friendly match next Friday, giving both teams the chance to play during the international break.

The Chairboys sit ninth in League Two, and manager Gareth Ainsworth is certainly hoping to kickstart his side's season having lost in the play-off final to Southend United last season - and Ainsworth has told the Wycombe Wanderers official website that he is delighted to have arranged the fixture.

"It was important for us to schedule a fixture for that weekend to keep up momentum rather than have a two-week break between games," said Ainsworth. "I’m delighted that we’ve been able to attract a club of the size and calibre of Leeds United and I’d like to thank Steve Evans and his staff for agreeing to bring their strongest available squad down here."

"I went to watch Leeds play at Fulham a couple of weeks ago and the support from their fans throughout the game was astounding. It should be a fantastic evening on and off the pitch and it’s one for everyone at Wycombe Wanderers to look forward to," he added

Meanwhile, the game will also be vital for Leeds as new manager Evans continues to assess his squad, and some fringe players will have the opportunity to impress and stake a claim for first-team football.

Speaking to LUTV, Evans stated that he wants to use the time to do some team building exercises, rather than have the players go away on holiday during the break.

"They're used to getting on the internet and booking their flights everywhere - well they won't be booking any flights," said Evans. "We'll be in Thorp Arch for all of the week, and all being good, we'll be travelling down to Wycombe Wanderers next Friday evening for a full, competitive game, so hopefully we'll take a healthy travelling support as well."

"That'll give us the opportunity to get the players away for a day or two - not only playing a match, but get some team building in to that. Obviously we've got Lee Erwin back in the building, and hopefully we've got one or two more that will make that journey with us, which would be new signings," he added.

Leeds have faced Wycombe at Adams Park once before, with Luciano Becchio bagging the winner in a 1-0 victory back in 2009 - and a similar result would certainly please Evans.

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