Two surprise selections on the cards for Leeds United against Fulham?

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Will either of Lee Erwin or Lewie Coyle get a start for Leeds United on Tuesday evening?

Leeds United must dust off their FA Cup exit and get back to work in the Championship on Tuesday evening.

Squad rotation is likely as the team prepare to play for the second time in four days, while opponents Fulham had a comfortable home win over Charlton.

Leeds offered a clue into two fringe players who will be in head coach Steve Evans' thoughts, by the absentees in the under-21 line-up against Huddersfield Town on Monday.

Missing were usual regulars Lewie Coyle and Lee Erwin, who are on the cusp of first team opportunities.

Coyle

Lewie Coyle is the under-21 captain who is hoping to follow in the footsteps of former star Sam Byram by progressing from the academy, into a first team right-back role.

He made his debut briefly at the end of last year but has barely been given a chance despite first choice right-back Gaetano Berardi being injured.

Berardi returned for the under-21s yesterday and could be back in the first team as soon as this weekend, meaning this could be Coyle's last chance to stake a claim.

Scott Wootton has been selected in his place over the last month, and if Evans was not going to select Coyle over Wootton, the chances of him doing so over Berardi are slim.

Wootton netted the decisive own goal against Watford, incurring the wrath of fans, and it could be wise for Evans to drop him and give him a breather, and put Coyle in.

The flip side of that is Evans could view Wootton's best chance of bouncing back is getting straight out on the pitch again and not dwelling on it, getting it out of his system before Berardi returns and he reverts back to the bench.

Erwin

Summer signing Lee Erwin has had a dismal time since arriving at Leeds, failing to start a single Championship fixture.

Sooner or later Leeds need to throw the the former Motherwell man in to see what he can do, and there is no better chance than the current circumstances.

Main striker Chris Wood is out injured once again, while Souleymane Doukara and Mirco Antenucci both started at the weekend.

Erwin has been playing regularly for the under-21s, and his absence on Monday indicates he is likely to be involved with the first team squad against Fulham.

He came off the bench against Middlesbrough in Leeds' last league game, and looked lively, keen to show what he could do.

Mirco Antenucci has not scored since November and it's time Leeds dropped the Italian, whose contract is up at the end of the season, and invested some time and effort in Lee Erwin, to learn more about the summer addition. 

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