English League Championship

  • Sky Bet Ch'ship
  • 19 Jan 2013
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: Elland Road
Home team Score Away team

Leeds United


Bristol City

Ross McCormack 67

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Friday 18th January 2013 11:00

Luciano Becchio: Back in Leeds squad

Luciano Becchio: Back in Leeds squad

Leeds striker Luciano Becchio will return to the squad for the visit of bottom club Bristol City.

Becchio missed the midweek FA Cup replay win at Birmingham through illness, while speculation over his future at Elland Road has been mounting with both Wigan and Hull reported to be interested in the 29-year-old Argentinian.

Manager Neil Warnock will be without Adam Drury for several weeks after the defender sustained a similar ankle injury to the one that kept striker Ross McCormack out for two months earlier this season.

But midfield pair Michael Tonge and Ross Barkley, on loan from Everton, both return to contention after being cup-tied for the Birmingham replay and while Warnock has no other new injury or suspension headaches, he is likely to make several changes again.

Goalkeeper Paddy Kenny and central defender Alan Tate were rested in midweek and are likely to return to the starting line-up, while the likes of Jason Pearce, Aidy White and David Norris are also pushing for recalls.

Bristol City's new manager Sean O'Driscoll heads to Leeds without the Robins' star man Albert Adomah. The 25-year-old has just linked up with Ghana for Africa Cup of Nations duty.

O'Driscoll could be without midfielder Marvin Elliott for the trip with a groin injury.

Meanwhile, defenders Matthew Bates and Mark Wilson, whose contracts with the club are set to expire, will not travel to Elland Road but will continue to train with the club as they look to impress O'Driscoll.

Fellow defender Joe Edwards completed a permanent move to Yeovil this week, while Stephen McManus returned to parent club Middlesbrough.

Venezuelan trialist Frank Feltscher has gone back to Zurich, where he plays his football for Swiss club Grasshoppers.



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