Leeds United will once again be without Kemar Roofe this weekend, but Paul Heckingbottom will be boosted by the return of Andy Lonergan for the trip to Reading on Saturday.
The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay has been providing team news ahead of Saturday, with confirmation coming that Roofe will once again be missing with a calf injury.
Kemar Roofe still missing but Andy Lonergan is expected to train tomorrow. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) March 8, 2018
Roofe has been unavailable for Leeds’ last three Sky Bet Championship fixtures, with Heckingbottom confirming earlier in the week that the 25-year-old wasn’t able to run due to his calf problem.
The Whites will be without their top scorer for the trip to Reading on Saturday, but will welcome Lonergan back into contention, with the goalkeeper set to be challenging Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Felix Wiedwald for a place in the squad.
Lonergan hasn’t featured in the Championship since November, but Heckingbottom is facing a huge goalkeeping dilemma, with Wiedwald struggling in recent weeks.
Peacock-Farrell, 21, was called into the starting XI against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday, with the youngster giving a good account of himself against the Championship’s leaders despite a 3-0 defeat.
Lonergan’s return to training will see him pushing for his first Championship start since the 4-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers in November.
Roofe has been one Leeds player to struggle to find consistency this season, but he is still the club’s top goalscorer and his absence is a blow to Heckingbottom.
In the other injury news, the return of Lonergan will please Heckingbottom, but following Wednesday night’s performance against Wolves, Peacock-Farrell should be retaining his place in the starting XI.
Lonergan is likely to be pushing Wiedwald for a return on the bench, but there should be no change in the goalkeeping department.
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