By Russ Vernon
Sheffield Wednesday will be without Chris Lines and Reda Johnson through injury. Dave Jones side have been hit with a virus this week with a number of players hoping to shrug of the effects of the virus in time for the game.
Leeds United boss Neil Warnock is likely to make a late decision on midfielder Rodolph Austin for the game with Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night. The Jamaican international has been away on international duty for the past two weeks and he will not meet up with the squad until the day of the game, having played in Jamaica on Tuesday night. He has been struggling with an ankle injury whilst away with Jamaica although he did complete 90 minutes for his country on Tuesday. The midfielder has started all 13 of Leeds games so far this season.
Warnock is boosted by the return to full fitness of fellow midfielders David Norris and Paul Green.
Norris came off the bench to play against Barnsley in Leeds final game before the international break having missed the six previous games.
Green was named amongst the substitutes for the Barnsley game having not featured since the opening day of the season.
Michael Tonge could face a late fitness test having suffered a shoulder injury in the Barnsley game.
New signing Ryan Hall is expected to be named amongst the Leeds substitutes.
Leigh Bromby, Davide Somma, Ross McCormack and Ramon Nunez all remain on the sidelines
with long-term injuries.
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). Fans can also watch the Yorkshire Derby on Sky Sports HD 1 from 19:30 BST
Extended Highlights are available on LUTV 24 hours after the match.
Possible Line-Ups & Subs
Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland; Buxton, Gardner, Llera, Mattock; Antonio, McCabe, Semedo, Barkley; O'Grady, Bothroyd. Subs: Bywater, Taylor, Madine, J.Johnson, Rodri, Mayor, Jones.
Leeds United: Kenny; Peltier, Pearce, Lees, White; Byram, Brown, Green, Tonge; Diouf, Becchio. Subs: Ashdown, Kisnorbo, Varney, Pugh, Norris, Gray, Hall.
Last Meeting at Hillsborough
Sheff.Wed 0 Leeds 1 (Healy 70′pen)
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Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Assistants: William Smallwood & Simeon Lucas
Fourth Official: Mark Haywood
Dave Jones: “Name me any club in this division that wouldn’t be a big game or a tough game, It’s the
division that we have come in to. For those who had forgotten what it was like in this division and those who looked forward to it, it’s been an eye-opener. We spoke about how difficult it was going to be, how hard you have go to work, how positive you have got to be and how professional you have got to do it. It’s not like a running tap you can turn on and off – you have to go full pelt all the time and that is what we are trying to do. Everybody is up and running and we’re all looking forward to the game. A break is always useful because you can work on different things but when you have games coming thick and fast you’re mostly doing recovery work. But we need everybody, the fans, the players, the staff and everyone around the club all to stick together because that’s what it will take. At the moment, and I think a lot of managers would say this, we are in a position that we shouldn’t be but things haven’t gone for us. If you are getting battered week in, week out and the performances aren’t there then that would be really hard but we feel we’re getting there and not that far away. We went to Burnley and we were disappointed to only come away with one point and even against Hull we performed well for 60
minutes but for whatever reason didn’t create as much after that. But in the meantime, we thought we had scored a goal and that we should have had a penalty against Hull but we now just have to get on with it.”
Neil Warnock: “You have to make sure you don’t get too down when you lose games, We could have beaten Blackpool, and should have had winning goals in the last minute against Bolton and Blackburn. I’m not saying we’re a top two team. We have a lot of new players, who have blended well. Ronnie Jepson has done well on the training ground and the lads have enjoyed it as well. I think we’re as fit as anybody and we never say die. We had a period against Barnsley where they dominated us but we hung in there and got a result. That’s the Championship for you. You’re not going to play well every week, but I think we’ve improved over the past six weeks and if we can keep along that line and bring a few more in we’ve got a shout. There’s the Leicester's and Cardiff's who have spent a lot of money, but it isn’t always about the money. We’re enjoying it, and the fans are something else. To take 5,000 to
Sheffield on a Friday night is great. The start they had may have given them too many expectations, I don’t think they’ve played badly, they’ve just given away silly goals. A bit like us. Dave (Jones) is like
me, and he knows you just have to rectify it to get where you want to go. It’ll probably be like wacky races when it gets going on Friday. It won’t be like watching England play I can assure you of that.”