Steve Evans shares reason for Stuart Dallas' absence, explains Lewie Coyle's position change

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Leeds United take on Brighton and Hove Albion this evening.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told LUTV that winger Stuart Dallas misses out against Brighton and Hove Albion tonight because he is only '70-80% fit'.

The Whites, who drew 1-1 with Fulham last time out, travel down to the Amex Stadium in search of points against one of the promotion-contending teams in the Championship.

Leeds lost 2-1 to Brighton earlier in the season in what proved to be Uwe Rosler's final game as manager, but now it's Steve Evans looking to spring something of a surprise this evening.

However, Evans has been dealt a blow before kick off, as Northern Ireland international winger Stuart Dallas has been ruled out of the game.

The summer signing from Brentford has been in and out of the side of late, and played just 12 minutes against Fulham - and won't play tonight now.

Evans has told LUTV that Dallas woke up this morning and has 'felt a twinge' with a recurring knock, and considers himself to be only 70 or 80% fit to play.

Evans also explained why right back Lewie Coyle - who made his first Championship start against Fulham last week - has been moved forward to the right hand side of midfield, as defender Scott Wootton returns to the side at right back tonight.

"We've worked on the shape of the team for a couple of days, but Stuart has woken up this morning and just felt a twinge, a recurrence of something that we've been trying to get rid of in his system," said Evans. "So he obviously can't play if he's regarding himself 70, 80% fit. Obviously, we've had to get Mustapha Carayol suddenly sharpish down to the South East, and he takes his place on the bench."

"We've had to look and consider our options. Scott Wootton comes back in at right back. Scott would've been on the bench if Stuart had not been feeling anything, but Scott comes back in at right back. Coyle pushes slightly forward on the right," he added.

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