Leeds United face Charlton Athletic at The Valley, a game which caused a stir last season

Charlton Athletic - The Valley

Hopefully there will not be a mass exodus of the first-team before the game this season.

Leeds United travel to Charlton Athletic this weekend with the London club in a bit of a crisis. The fans are unhappy with the way the club is being run and The Addicks are currently 22nd in the Championship table and battling relegation to League One.

For this fixture last season however it was Leeds in a state of disarray.

Leeds took on Charlton at The Valley on the 18th April and on the 17th no fewer than six of the Leeds first-team pulled out of the squad injured.

Mirco Antenucci, Giuseppe Bellusci, Dario del Fabro, Marco Silvestri, Souleymane Doukara and the Albanian Edgar Cani all told then boss Neil Redfearn they were injured and could not play in the game the day before - leaving Redfearn aghast.

Leeds went on to lose the game 2-1.

Of course, given the fat all six were Massimo Cellino signings, it caused quite a stir.

It was perhaps the lowest ebb of Leeds United's disappointing 2014-15 season and certainly signalled a death knell for Redfearn's Leeds career.

The fact is that the likes of Antenucci and Silvestri in particular have vigorously denied feigning injury for the game ever since and the reaction to the incident was perhaps more indicative of the paranoia and confusion surrounding Leeds United than any other incident in recent memory.

Now only four of those players remain at Leeds but all of them now seem to pulling in the same direction with this unfortunate episode now consigned to history.

Steve Evans and the likes of Antenucci, Silvestri and co will certainly hope to banish the demons of this fixture from last season with a positive result in London this Saturday.

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