Leeds United have been handed a huge boost ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Cardiff City, with the BBC’s Adam Pope reporting that Matthew Pennington is fit enough to return to the matchday squad.
Pennington was forced out of Tuesday night’s clash with Hull City at the KCOM Stadium due to injury, with Conor Shaughnessy starting alongside Pontus Jansson.
However, Shaughnessy limped off inside 10 minutes, and with Liam Cooper serving a suspension, Jansson finished the contest as Leeds’ only available central defender.
It looked like Jansson would be entering Saturday’s clash with Cardiff as Leeds’ only available centre-back, but Pennington has handed Christiansen a huge boost, and is seemingly in-line for just his 13th appearance following his summer loan move from Everton.
TEAM NEWS: Matthew Pennington is fit. Conor Shaughnessy (ankle) will be several weeks out. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) February 2, 2018
Leeds face a huge task against Cardiff on Saturday, with Christiansen’s side entering the weekend’s fixtures in 10th, after a winless January resulted in the club sliding out of the play-off race.
One player who will not be available to Leeds is Shaughnessy, who following his injury on Tuesday, is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Entering this clash with just Jansson fit and available would’ve been a huge blow for Leeds, which makes Pennington’s availability a real plus for the Whites.
Pennington, if selected, now has a chance to impress Christiansen and stake a claim for a regular starting berth during the run-in.
Tomorrow will be a tough test for Leeds and Pennington, but an opportunity for the Whites to put right a lot of wrongs.
Leeds fans… Let us know your thoughts!