By Russ Vernon
New Leeds United manager Brian McDermott is sweating on the fitness of a number of players ahead of his first game in charge against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Lee Peltier, Steve Morison, David Norris and Chris Dawson are all carrying knocks.
Tom Lees and Michael Brown will both miss the game for Leeds through suspension.
With Peltier a doubt and Lees suspended, Rodolph Austin could be a make shift
Striker Davide Somma is closing in on a return after returning to training recently.
Leigh Bromby remains the only long-term absentee.
Sheffield Wednesday are sweating on the fitness of trio Reda Johnson, Jermaine
Johnson and Giles Coke.
Manager Dave Jones is hoping that all three will be available for the game after picking up knocks last weekend.
Danny Pugh is ineligible for the game. Pugh is on loan at Hillsborough from Leeds and cannot play against his parent club.
Striker Gary Madine is also struggling with injury and could once again miss out.
Fans can listen to the game on Yorkshire Radio (DAB across Yorkshire), 104.7
Minster FM or LUTV (subscription via the official Leeds United site).
Extended Highlights are available on LUTV 24 hours after the match.
Leeds: Ashdown, Drury, Varney, Diouf, Habibou, Somma, Hall.
Sheff.Wed: Bywater, Taylor, Mattock, Semedo, Prutton, J. Johnson, Maguire.
Last Meeting at Elland Road: Leeds 2 (Bullen og 88, Cresswell 89) Sheff.Wed 3 (Tudgay 7, Brunt 37, J.Johnson 54)
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
Assistants: Andrew Halliday & David Bryan
Fourth Official: Mark Haywood
Match Prediction: Leeds to have the new manager effect following the appointment of Brian McDermott as new manager on Friday afternoon. I’m going to say he’ll get underway with a hard-fought victory in the Yorkshire Derby.
Leeds United 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday
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