Luke Murphy could make his first start of the season at Bristol City on Wednesday as Leeds United bid to play the midfielder into full fitness and top form.
Head coach Uwe Rosler is expected to make further changes to his line-up as Leeds go looking for their first Championship win of the new term and Murphy is in contention to start at Ashton Gate after two appearances as a substitute.
The 25-year-old was forced to undergo minor knee surgery in the second week of pre-season but he resumed training at the start of this month and was fit enough to play in Thursday’s League Cup defeat at Doncaster Rovers and Sunday’s goalless draw at Reading.
He also completed an hour in a development squad fixture last week.
United face a third away match in six days on Wednesday and Rosler, who is without the suspended Lewis Cook for two more games, said Murphy would only regain full fitness by playing in competitive fixtures.
“Luke’s is a tricky situation,” Rosler said. “The only way we get him fit now is not through specific training but through games. But we have to accept that at times Luke is not 100 per cent. At 85 per cent he can already help us. At 90 per cent he can definitely help us. At 95 per cent he is close to being very important.
“That is how we bring him on.”