Senin, 29 Oktober 2012

Leeds v Southampton preview

Tadanari Lee: Could start for Southampton

Southampton's Tadanari Lee could return to action as manager Nigel Adkins rotates his squad for the tie.

Japan international Lee is set to feature against the Championship outfit after sustaining an arm injury last month, while Frazer Richardson could also be involved against his former club after a thigh injury.

Richard Chaplow, Jos Hooiveld and James Ward-Prowse were unused substitutes in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham and may start, while Jack Cork is close to full fitness after a knee injury.

Leeds will assess the condition of three of their key players ahead of the game.

Captain Lee Peltier and midfielders Rodolph Austin (both ankle) and Michael Tonge (shoulder) only just made the weekend loss to Birmingham, and the trio will be checked to see if they can face Saints.

Manager Neil Warnock has options if they do not make it, with veteran enforcer Michael Brown, full-back Aidy White and winger Luke Varney all standing by.

Str iker Andy Gray is also an option to Warnock should he decide to rest the out-of-form Luciano Becchio, but on-loan forward Ryan Hall is cup-tied.

Reserve goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown was given a chance against Everton in the previous round, as well as facing Oxford in the one before that, but Paddy Kenny is likely to start.

Striker Ross McCormack remains on the sidelines with an ankle injury but is closing in on a return, potentially within the next fortnight.

Southampton (from): Gazzaniga, Boruc, Davis, Richardson, Butterfield, Stephens, Shaw, Fox, Dickson, Reeves, Yoshida, Fonte, Hooiveld, Seaborne, Cork, Chaplow, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Robinson, Puncheon, De Ridder, Chambers, Lallana, Gape, Lee, Lambert, Sinclair, Rodriguez, Hoskins.

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