Leeds V Birmingham at Elland Road : Match Preview

04 January 2013 02:01
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All White for Whites

Aidy White is back in contention for Leeds' FA Cup clash with Birmingham at Elland Road following his suspension.

The versatile 21-year-old, who missed the New Year's Day win over Bolton after collecting five yellow cards, is expected to return to the squad.

The Whites will be without winger Jerome Thomas, who has returned to West Brom following the expiry of his loan spell, but centre-half Alan Tate has extended his spell and has been given permission to play by his parent club Swansea.

Manager Neil Warnock is hoping 18-goal striker Luciano Becchio has shown no adverse reaction after returning from a thigh strain against Bolton, although Davide Somma, recently back from a long-term knee injury, is available.

Defenders Tom Lees and Adam Drury, winger Ryan Hall and midfielder Michael Brown are all pushing for recalls as Leeds look to clinch back-to-back wins.

Robert Hall has been denied permission to feature for Birmingham.

The winger has been an impressive loan addition to Blues' ranks but parent club West Ham do not want to see him cup-tied, although City remain confident of striking an extension to his stay.

The news comes amid a serious injury crisis for manager Lee Clark which has resulted in young strikers Eddy Gnahore, Reece Hales and Marcel Henry-Francis all being called up for the tie.

Marlon King (knee), Peter Lovenkrands (calf) and Akwasi Asante (hamstring) are all missing along with Nikola Zigic, who completes his two-match suspension.

Midfielders Papa Bouba Diop (hamstring), Darren Ambrose (knee) and Hayden Mullins are also absent, with Jonathan Spector a doubt. Defenders Paul Caddis (hamstring), David Murphy and Stephen Carr (both knee) again miss out.

But defender Will Packwood (illness) is fit and Blues are hopeful midfielder Callum Reilly may shrug off a foot problem in time.

Source: PA

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