Steve Evans explains whether struggling Scott Wootton will play again this season

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The Leeds boss has been discussing the 24-year-old, who is lacking confidence right now.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans says Scott Wootton still has a contribution to make for the Yorkshire side this season, according to the club's official Twitter account.

Indeed, the head coach believes the defender needs to move on from his own goal against Watford in the FA Cup.

But he admits Wootton's confidence is low, while Evans knows he has other (right now better) options in Lewie Coyle and Gaetano Berardi.

The Scot told reporters: "I just look at their eyes and their performance in training. The FA Cup is over for Leeds, football moves on. Scott has a contribution to make. We need all the players to play their part.

"When Lewie Coyle does so well, it doesn't become about a mistake. We looked at the big fella before the Fulham game and took him out. We had options with Lewie and Gaetano. It was the right thing to do."

Fans had been calling for Coyle to start for Leeds, while Berardi's return from injury should ensure he eventually starts once he is fully fit.

Wootton's chances, then, may very well be slim. But the likelihood is the 24-year-old will be needed at some stage due to fitness, injuries and/or suspensions.

Leeds travel to in-form Brighton on Monday night and that certainly doesn't seem like the time to bring Wootton back if both his form and confidence are low.

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