Leeds United: Injuries force Becchio and O’Brien to leave tour

Patrick Kisnorbo wins a header from Falkirk's Kallum Higginbotham. PIC: Steve Riding
Patrick Kisnorbo wins a header from Falkirk's Kallum Higginbotham. PIC: Steve Riding
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Luciano Becchio and Andy O’Brien have returned home from Leeds United’s pre-season tour of Scotland to undergo treatment on the injuries which forced them to miss last night’s win over Falkirk.

Becchio, was ruled out of a 2-0 victory by a recurrence of his long-standing hamstring problem, and a side strain has seen O’Brien sidelined from the remainder of United’s week-long tour.

Manager Simon Grayson was forced to leave Davide Somma behind when Leeds travelled north on Sunday, with the striker suffering from a knee injury, and the loss of Becchio and O’Brien will leave his squad depleted for Saturday’s game against Motherwell.

Left-back Federico Bessone is also carrying a slight knock and was not involved against Falkirk.

Grayson said: “The two of them (Becchio and O’Brien) have gone back and we’ll need to wait for them to be assessed before we know what the extent of the injuries are.

“We weren’t able to bring Davide Somma with us so we’re a bit down on numbers but hopefully none of the problems will be too serious.”

A second-half header from Robert Snodgrass and an own goal on 36 minutes earned Leeds a deserved victory from their first friendly of the summer, drawing a satisfied appraisal from the club’s manager.

“I couldn’t have asked for much more,” Grayson said. “Most of the players have got 45 minutes under their belts and a few got an hour against a lively Falkirk team. It’s a pleasing start.”

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