Jason Pearce is ready to return to Leeds United’s squad for Saturday’s visit to Bolton Wanderers but club captain Stephen Warnock will not recover in time to play.
Pearce has trained this week following a two-game absence with a knee injury and head coach Neil Redfearn plans to recall him to his 18-man squad at the Reebok Stadium.
“We had to be careful with his knee,” Redfearn said. “He was playing through the pain and if we’d kept hammering it then it might have got quite serious, but he’s trained and he’s available again.”
Warnock underwent a scan on an ankle injury earlier this week and the results showed no major ligament damage, despite fears that the problem was serious.
The left-back is continuing to undergo treatment and Charlie Taylor is expected to keep his place at left-back this weekend.
Liam Cooper is likely to retain the captaincy having skippered Leeds in Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Sunderland.
“Steve’s a tough lad but we don’t know exactly when he’ll be back yet,” Redfearn said.
“There’s no real chance of him playing at Bolton.”