Report: Leeds handed boost as Bellusci trains, Evans updates Alex Mowatt's situation

Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci will be fit to face Ipswich Town on Tuesday - and Alex Mowatt could join him.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci took part in training today, whilst manager Steve Evans has commented on Chris Wood and Alex Mowatt.

The Whites moved into the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon, as goals from new loan signing Mustapha Carayol and Souleymane Doukara saw Leeds beat Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United 2-0 at Elland Road.

There is no time to dwell though for Leeds, as they are back on the road this week, facing a trip to Ipswich Town on Tuesday, before another Yorkshire derby next weekend against Sheffield Wednesday.

One thing that manager Steve Evans will have been keeping track of is the fitness of defender Giuseppe Bellusci, who limped off injured late in the game against Rotherham.

However, the Yorkshire Evening Post report that the Italian centre back trained in a light session earlier today, and has subsequently been passed fit to play against Ipswich.

Additionally, they quote manager Steve Evans discussing the situations of striker Chris Wood and Alex Mowatt, both of whom have missed recent games through injury.

Wood limped off against Derby County over the festive period with a hamstring knock, whilst midfielder Mowatt has been ruled out of the last four games with a groin injury.

Now, managed Evans says that Mowatt is likely to return against Ipswich, but thinks striker Wood will miss out at Portman Road.

"Chris is 50-50 and at the moment I’m probably swaying towards thinking it might be too soon," said Evans. "Mowatt could have played against Rotherham but he didn’t come back to training until Thursday. He’s gifted and we’ve missed him," he added.

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