Sam Byram is on the verge of a first-team comeback for Leeds United – but the club look likely to delay his return until after Saturday’s clash with Bolton Wanderers.
Manager Brian McDermott said Byram was “close” to putting himself in contention following a long fight with a hip injury but he is due to be given a final run-out with United’s Under-21 squad on Monday.
The teenage right-back completed his first 90-minute appearance since April during a friendly against Sunderland at Thorp Arch this week and he will feature again in a development-league match against Birmingham City.
McDermott, who takes his senior squad to Bolton this weekend, said: “He’s close. He’s getting there.
“He played 90 minutes on Monday and he’ll play another 90 minutes next week, then we’ll see where we are.
“I’m not rushing him and I want to make sure he feels comfortable and up to speed. Once he tells me he’s right then he’ll be right.” Click here to register and have your say on the Leeds United stories and issues that matter to you