Leeds V Blackpool at Elland Road : Match Preview

11 April 2014 12:01
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Double trouble for Leeds

Leeds could be without both Sam Byram and Rudy Austin as they look to halt a run of five straight defeats in their home game against Blackpool.

Versatile defender Byram missed the midweek defeat at Watford due to a hamstring strain and midfielder Austin has been sidelined for the last two matches because of an ankle injury.

Leading goalscorer Ross McCormack has shaken off the effects of illness and is available for selection, while the likes of striker Matt Smith, winger Cameron Stewart, plus Aidy White and Danny Pugh are all in contention.

Leeds, eight points above the relegation zone, have lost eight of their last nine Sky Bet Championship matches.

Blackpool caretaker boss Barry Ferguson has trained with the squad as he contemplates a playing return.

Ferguson has not played since taking over in January and has an ankle problem which he claimed will need tending to before he can return on the pitch. However, with the Seasiders moving perilously close to the Sky Bet Championship's bottom three, the Scot trained on Thursday and could consider throwing himself in at Elland Road.

Ferguson will remain without striker Ricardo Fuller, still sidelined by a knee problem, while a similar ailment is probably going to rob Blackpool of defender Kirk Broadfoot once more too.

Robert Earnshaw has been frustrated by a calf injury since arriving at Bloomfield Road with Steve Davies, another attacking option, unlikely to return this term because of a groin strain.

Source: PA

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