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Steve Evans claims nobody likes Leeds United's Alex Mowatt more than he does

Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt was not in their match day squad to face Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

Steve Evans has told Radio Yorkshire that Alex Mowatt was left out of Leeds United’s squad to face Nottingham Forest at the weekend, purely down to fitness reasons.

Eyebrows were raised when Mowatt was not even named amongst the substitutes on Saturday, but Evans insists that the youngster was not dropped.

To the contrary, the 53-year-old boss says that he is a huge fan of Mowatt, who has produced some special moments during his time in charge of the Yorkshire club.

“He has only trained for three days, so we have to see Alex play for the under-21’s on Monday,” Evans said.

“Nobody likes Alex Mowatt more than I do, he’s had some special moments during my time here, but the medical advice was to give him three or four training sessions.”

Mowatt’s absence was keenly felt by Leeds against Forest, as they missed his creativity throughout the contest.

The Whites were beaten 1-0 by Dougie Freedman’s side, in a match which was starved of chances.

Forest’s defence played well throughout the game, and Leeds found it difficult to create any opportunities.

Leeds’ defeat has seen them slip down to 16th in the Championship table, and they are closer to the relegation zone than the play offs.

Evans’s side's next match comes against promotion chasing Middlesbrough, where Mowatt could make his return to action.

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