Brighton v Leeds United: Cooper to skipper Whites at Brighton

Liam Cooper.
Liam Cooper.
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NEIL REDFEARN has confirmed that Liam Cooper will skipper Leeds United in tomorrow night’s Championship clash at struggling Brighton (7.45pm kick-off).

Cooper will slot into the side in place of the suspended Giuseppe Bellusci, with the Italian suspended for the next two games after reaching the ten-booking threshold.

Meanwhile, United head coach Redfearn has hinted at making other changes, given his side’s congested schedule - with his squad carrying ‘one or two niggles.’

Ex-Chesterfield centre-half Cooper came on late on in Saturday’s gutsy win at Middlesbrough, having missed the previous two matches with a hip problem.

Cooper will line up alongside Sol Bamba, who turned in a tremendous performance as stand-in captain on Teesside - but it will be the former who will wear the armband at the Amex Stadium.

Redfearn, whose rejuvenated side are seeking their sixth victory in seven outings tomorrow as they seek more upward momentum after a blossoming new year thus far, said: “Liam will be captain.

“Sol is a natural captain anyway. It’s like you have two captains on the pitch anyway and he’s an experienced guy and he understands that.

“It is not an issue and not a problem. For me, it’s a perfect scenario; you have got two people there who are responsible and capable of being captain.”

On his team news, Redfearn added: “We have got one or two niggles and knocks and that might reflect on what we do tomorrow.

“We have a game tomorrow and then one on Saturday and then Ipswich on Wednesday and then Saturday again. So we have games coming thick and fast. We are down to 22 players to pick from, so we will have a look how we do it at Brighton.”

Leeds are seeking their fourth consecutive league away win in the same season for the first time since April 2001, with they claimed five on the spin during some heady days in the top flight.