Steve Evans explains his shock at Souleymane Doukara ban

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The Leeds head coach says the club were left unaware until very close to the ban.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans admits the Yorkshire club were unaware of Souleymane Doukara's ban for quite some time, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

Indeed, the Scot says he had no idea it was coming until a couple of days before the hearing.

And the subsequent decision was not one Leeds were expecting, leaving them short in the final third. United lost 2-1 at Rotherham on Saturday afternoon, their second Yorkshire derby defeat in a row. 

Evans told the BBC: "I wasn't aware until a couple of days before the hearing. I don't think it was reported on the night. Nothing was known.

"I knew he was going to a hearing but it wasn't something we expected to land in our lap."

Doukara's absence, of course, leaves Leeds threadbare up front.

But a lack of motivation appears to be United's biggest problem right now. The players who are eligible are largely making it clear playing for individual points - and to give something back to the fans - isn't of interest to them.

Leeds don't look like they will go down but they won't be achieving any tangible success, either. That has led several players to act as though their holiday bags are already packed.

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