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Steve Evans pleased with Leeds United's fixture change

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Leeds United's match against Middlesbrough got moved to Monday night.

Steve Evans has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he believes that Sky TV have now helped Leeds United by altering their schedule.

Sky controversially moved Leeds’ match against Middlesbrough to next Monday, but Evans feels that the switch could benefit his team, after initially criticising the change of date. 

The extra two days will allow some of his first team players to return to full health, with Alex Mowatt now set to be fit enough to play in the contest.

“It’s a good thing for us,” Evans said. “We’ve been all around the country, we’ve had our schedule moved and we now get a chance to freshen up.

“We get eight or nine days to get on the training ground, work hard and get one or two people like Alex up to speed. Then we’ll be ready to play the team which I consider to be the best in the league.”

Leeds had intended to play Mowatt in an under-21 fixture yesterday, to help him regain his match sharpness, but that match got postponed.

Mowatt’s chance to get up to full speed will now only come in training - but he could go straight back into Evans’ first-team.

Leeds have missed Mowatt’s creativity in the youngster’s absence, and they struggled to break down Nottingham Forest in a 1-0 defeat last weekend.

Leeds could also be set to welcome back Gaetano Berardi and Chris Wood (Yorkshire Evening Post) before the end of the month, as Evans’ injury crisis lessens.

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