Luciano Becchio was facing a late fitness test ahead of tonight's FA Cup replay against Arsenal, with Leeds United ready to save him for their Championship game at Portsmouth.
Becchio is struggling with a back problem sustained in Saturday's 4-0 victory over Scunthorpe United, and manager Simon Grayson planned to assess the striker this morning before naming his team.
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United's leading scorer was part of the starting line-up used in their 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium on January 8 and he has featured in all but one of the club's fixtures this season, but Grayson will not include Becchio tonight if an appearance against Arsenal threatens his involvement in Saturday's visit to Fratton Park.
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Leeds are due to travel to the south coast on Friday ahead of their meeting with Portsmouth 24 hours later, and the importance of the league fixture is preventing any gambles for the visit of Arsenal to Elland Road.
Grayson said: "Luciano's still struggling with his back. We'll see where he is but if there's any doubt then the most important game for us is Portsmouth at the weekend."
Grayson will not be able to field George McCartney, who is ineligible tonight after signing for Leeds on loan after the initial third–round tie against Arsenal, and Ben Parker is expected to return at left-back.
Parker was guilty of conceding the 90th-minute penalty which handed Arsenal a replay, but Grayson insisted he had no complaints with the defender's form since his returned from a serious Achilles injury.
Parker's appearance at Arsenal was only his second in eight months, and Grayson said: "He's come back from a long-term injury and his first games were Cardiff City away and then Arsenal away. You couldn't have two more difficult matches to return in. He's done really well."