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Leeds United: Whites set to announce retained list

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  • by Phil Hay
 

Leeds United are expected to announce their retained list on Wednesday, hastening the exodus of players from Elland Road.

Manager Neil Warnock will reveal his plans for United’s existing squad soon after Saturday’s game against Leicester City, a match in which several players could make their final appearances for Leeds.

Warnock began a clear-out at Thorp Arch by releasing Ben Parker, Mika Vayrynen and Darren O’Dea last week, and a swathe of departures are anticipated in the days ahead with numerous other professionals out of contract – among them Michael Brown, Alex Bruce and Danny Webber.

The Leeds boss is also likely to transfer-list some who have deals running into next season but are surplus to his plans, and he has a decision to make over the future of on-loan Bolton Wanderers left-back Paul Robinson.

Robinson came to Elland Road at the beginning of March with a view to a permanent deal and has played 10 times during the Championship run-in.

Warnock said: “I’ll talk to Paul after the weekend. We’ll be putting out the retained list on Wednesday next week and the fans will probably have more idea of what my thoughts are then. After that, recruitment is important.”

Midfielder Brown is available to play against Leicester after completing a three-match suspension but Warnock has multiple selection problems ahead of the last game of the season.

Defender Leigh Bromby was added to a lengthy absentee list after rupturing a patellar tendon in one knee during last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Cardiff City, and he will undergo major surgery imminently.

Leeds have spent the week assessing how best to repair what Warnock described as an “unusual” injury.

The damage will keep Bromby on the sidelines until after Christmas.

 

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