Leeds V Barnsley at Elland Road : Match Preview

20 December 2013 01:31
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Whites wait on Pugh

Leeds defender Danny Pugh is doubtful for the derby clash with Yorkshire rivals Barnsley.

Pugh has started the last six matches for Brian McDermott's side, but is struggling with a knock and could have a late fitness test.

Centre-half Scott Wootton, yet to appear since early November after recovering from an ankle injury, is in contention after completing 90 minutes for the development squad, while fellow defender Adam Drury and winger Dominic Poleon played in the same match.

Noel Hunt is closing in on a return following a hamstring injury, but although fellow striker El-Hadji Diouf returned to training this week after returning from Africa, the Senegal international is unlikely to feature.

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson could be boosted by the surprise return of striker Chris O'Grady for his first game since returning to take charge of the club for a second time this week.

O'Grady has missed the last five games due to a calf strain, but returned to training this week and Wilson will assess the seven-goal forward on the day.

Winger Paddy McCourt is doubtful after being forced out of last week's home draw with Yeovil due to a hamstring injury, so Jim O'Brien is on stand-by.

Goalkeeper Luke Steele remains sidelined with the back problem that has kept him out since September.

Source: PA