Injury trouble was the main point of discussion in Neil Warnock’s press conference today with the Leeds United manager giving updates on Ross McCormack, Luciano Becchio and Davide Somma.

First up came questions regarding Luciano Becchio’s fitness following an injury sustained against Hull City. Neil Warnock said his decision to remove Becchio was precautionary in light of Ross McCormack’s injury and the lack of first-team options he has up front.

Warnock did concede however that Leeds’ Argentinian striker has only taken part in light training today and that he’ll be assessed tomorrow before any decision is made on whether he can feature against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Talk of Becchio’s troubles moved swiftly on to the injury of Ross McCormack, who Neil Warnock revealed may be out for longer than originally expected. It seems the surgeon operating on McCormack tomorrow has taken a second look at the scan of McCormack’s ankle, concluding that the injury could be more severe than first realised and that Leeds may be without him for three months.

Meanwhile, there was praise for Dominic Poleon, Leeds United’s youth team striker who put in an impressive performance against Hull City after replacing Luciano Becchio in the second half. Warnock said Poleon’s ability was never in question, but revealed he’d had talks with the youngster regarding his attitude, adding that a noticeable improvement made him worthy of a first team call-up.

Finally, there was some good news about Davide Somma. Neil Warnock said the South African international is roughly two weeks away from full training and could be back amongst the first team by the end of next month.

6 Responses

  1. Lee B

    Any other team in this division who had lost their 3 top strikers would have already spent some money on getting replacements, whether signed or on loan.
    After all, it is still only September and there’s all still left to play for…

    Not in Bates’ world – “You need 3 strikers? What do you want 2 strikers for? No you can’t have a striker”

    • Kalich

      im sure he has a pair of boots laying around in the office in case he has to go on … Kenneth … the fuck … out!!!

  2. Matthew

    If Becchio can’t play, what proven Strikers do we have left for Saturday? erm.. yeah.. who? Right, okay. we’re virtually fucked if its just Andy Gray. Admire Poleons workrate but sentiment doesnt win you games, he needs to be loaned out to get experience.
    Nottingham Forest must be licking their lips in anticipation of the game on Saturday, what chance do we have, seriously? Answers on a postcard.

    • Jumblatts

      Im sorry, but who scored the only goal for us that came from open play against hull? Oh yeah, Andy Gray. Give him a chance.

      • Matthew

        Seen how old he is? Seen how he has performed at previous clubs? Yeah. If you’re resting your hopes on him, you’re clearly deluded or have never seen him play.
        Anyway pity 2 idiots had to vote me down without commenting. Too afraid it seems.
        We’re fucked on Saturday. Not even worth thinking about further.

  3. WoodyNL

    If Andy Gray isn’t good enough why was he given a contract? Correct me if I’m wrong but Ii believe we also have messrs El-Hadi Diouf and Varney who can play up front, White could play there too. There’s enough options without bringing in a striker on loan who is probaby no better than what we already have. Warnock should stop whining and start coaching, it’s about time he got that defence sorted out fot a start.


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