Leeds United manager’s ‘strange’ Hull City complaint prompts response and key team news given

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Leeds United travel to Hull City on Wednesday night aiming for three-straight away wins

Daniel Farke’s frustration over Leeds United’s post-international break schedule has received support from Hull City counterpart Liam Rosenior - although the former Derby County boss believes the Whites have a strong enough squad to cope.

The Tigers’ first game back after the international break was a home clash with Coventry City on Friday night while Leeds made the trip to Millwall, as Farke’s side secured a fine 3-0 win on Sunday afternoon.

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The schedule gives Hull an extra two days rest before the sides meet in East Yorkshire on Wednesday evening. It is something that has irked Farke in the lead up to the clash, as the German stated: “It’s strange from the setup, our next opponent on Wednesday, Hull, plays already, Friday, a home game, then next home game on Wednesday. I spoke about not feeling sorry for ourselves and then for that I don’t complain about this.”

Asked by BBC Radio Humberside about Farke’s thoughts on the scheduling, Rosenior admitted the Leeds boss had a fair case.

He said: “It is a valid point, it is true we have two extra days. But this is the Championship, the reality of the league is there will be times this season where a team will have two days ahead of us. You have just got to get on with it.

“They have got more than enough, I looked at their bench [against Millwall] and they have the opportunity to freshen it up and not weaken their side and that is why you need a good squad.

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“That is why I am trying to build a squad, not just a team. That is the Championship, that is what it is about. Hopefully you’ll never speak about the days we have [between games]. They have just won 3-0 and when you win for some reason your legs are fresher the next day and we know we are in for a difficult game.”

Rosenior confirmed midfielder Ozan Tufan is in line to return for Wednesday’s fixture after missing the last two games with a thigh problem. Aaron Connolly is also set to feature after carrying an illness during their draw with Coventry City. Adama Traore and Jean Michel Seri are both expected to be available after having the weekend to recover from Friday’s game.

The pair returned from international duty late last week after seeing a fixture between Seri’s Ivory Coast and Traore’s Mali abandoned at half time due to heavy rain. Seri managed just 59 minutes against Coventry while Traore was an unused substitute.

Providing an update on his squad’s fitness, Rosenior added: “He [Connolly] was ill, he is much better today. Adama is fine, thankfully. Because we have had the weekend break, they have been able to rest and recover. Mika [Seri] as well, from his long-haul flight. The players are fit and raring to go and it is up to me to find the right team before Wednesday.

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“Ozan is training today [Monday], we will check on him tomorrow and if he is fit then I want him in and around the group. No new injuries, touch wood, we are really good at the moment. The great thing is I have the opportunity to make changes and not weaken the team. All of our focus is on the game on Wednesday night.”

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