Andy O’Brien and Luciano Becchio have both returned to Leeds to undergo treatment for injuries picked up on tour in Scotland.

O’Brien, 32 will miss the rest of United’s pre-season tour with a side-strain whilst last seasons top goalscorer Luciano Becchio looks set to miss the start of the season with a long-standing hamstring injury.

Davide Somma, who was seen in Leeds earlier this week on crutches, has also been left behind with a knee problem leaving Simon Grayson short of options up front. Billy Paynter and Ross McCormack are the only two first team strikers now available to the Leeds boss in  Scotland.

Max Gradel picked up a slight knock against Falkirk although Leeds United say he was removed only as a precautionary measure. Fede Bessone also missed the game with a minor knock.

Earlier this week, Leeds chairman Ken Bates told how Simon Grayson was “determined to make sure [the players] are fit this year with double and even treble seasons” leaving me to wonder whether this intense training schedule has caused the injury problems.