Leeds United’s didn’t allow one of their loan players to appear in an FA Cup game yesterday.

Leeds United denied Mansfield Town permission to use Conor Shaughnessy in an FA Cup game on Saturday.

The Irish centre-back is on loan with the League Two side until the end of this season and, according to their official website, Leeds did not allow him to play in yesterday’s 1-0 win over Chorley.

Shaughnessy, who joined the Elland Road club in 2016, was replaced on the day by Willem Tomlinson.

And interestingly, it seems plausible that the Championship club denied permission on the possibility that they need to recall him in January.

Leeds get their FA Cup campaign underway in the new year and Shaughnessy would be ineligible for the Whites had he played on Saturday.

Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t have a lot of centre-backs at his disposal this season and it isn’t impossible that the Argentine could have a crisis of options later in the campaign.

So by refusing Shaughnessy permission to play, it could be that Leeds are protecting themselves in the event that he does need to be recalled at some point.

After all, Liam Cooper has suffered yet another injury after limping off from Saturday’s 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers, meaning that loanee Ben White and right-back Gaetano Berardi are Bielsa’s only options now.

United probably would have let the towering Irishman play yesterday if there was no chance of him coming back early, but the refusal means that it isn’t impossible.

Lewie Coyle, on loan at Fleetwood Town, played in their 2-0 FA Cup win at Barnet today.

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