Steve Evans says Souleymane Doukara continues to protest innocence over biting ban

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The Leeds manager admits that the Frenchman maintains his innocence over the biting incident in February.

Leeds United take on Preston North End this weekend in the final game of their Championship season.

The club will be able to call upon their attacker Souleymane Doukara for the game, after he sat out eight games through suspension.

The French forward was banned in March for allegedly biting Middlesbrough defender Fernando Amorebieta back in February.

He is now set to return to action and Steve Evans is certainly pleased to have him back in the fold.

Speaking to his press conference today, as reported by TV Yorkshire, Evans stated that Doukara has maintained his innocence over the incident and that the Leeds United boss was inclined to stand by his player.

He stated:

"I think he was pretty down at first because I think the kid has always maintained that he didn't do it.

"When someone sits in you're office and is quite upset really and looks at you in the eye and says 'it didn't happen in the way it's described' you either have to take it on as a head coach to believe in them or not believe in them.

"He's taken that disappointment into training really well. From a training point of view he gets nothing but applause from me."

Doukara had shown some good form at the turn of the year after struggling to initially settle at the club.

But the mercurial Frenchman will now be hoping to show the Leeds fans and hierarchy that he is a player they miss when he is not in action in the final game of the season.

Doukara, who joined from Catania in 2014, has played 54 times for Leeds, scoring 12 goals.

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