Steve Evans has warned Leeds United captain Sol Bamba that he is not certain of regaining his place tomorrow – and believes the centre-back will accept his decision with good grace.
Evans is facing a dilemma over Bamba’s inclusion after Giuseppe Bellusci stepped into replace the former Ivory Coast international in Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Cardiff City.
Bamba served a one-match suspension against Cardiff and Bellusci’s partnership with Liam Cooper in the centre of defence produced United’s second clean sheet of the season, helping the club end their eight-month wait for a victory at Elland Road.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s derby at Huddersfield Town, Evans said: “Sol Bamba, if he’s in the team, would probably expect that. If he’s out the team he’d be disappointed. But if he’s out the team then he’d be disappointed in a really professional manner.”
Bellusci has endured a chequered career at Leeds but he was arguably United’s man-of-the-match on Tuesday, however, and Evans said: “Everyone has an opinion on Bellusci.
“Most of it is critical but since I came in he’s trained very well and he’s been the utmost professional. I gave him a plan the other night and he followed it to a ‘t’.”