Javi Gracia's Leeds United press conference highlights as coach previews Palace and provides new injury update

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Leeds United head coach Javi Gracia faces the media again this afternoon from 1 o’clock ahead of Sunday’s encounter with Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson’s side visit Elland Road this weekend sitting one point and one place above the Whites in the Premier League table. Leeds’ recent form – three wins in six league matches under Gracia – has seen them keep pace with fellow relegation strugglers and give themselves a fighting chance of survival this season.

Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest was a much-needed three points and supporters are hoping for a repeat of the midweek triumph when the Eagles arrive on Sunday afternoon.

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Hodgson has returned to the dugout, replacing Patrick Vieira last month, and presided over a 2-1 win of his own against Leicester City last weekend. The south Londoners played with verve recording 31 shots versus the Foxes.

LEEDS, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Javi Gracia, Manager of Leeds United, reacts during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on April 04, 2023 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)LEEDS, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Javi Gracia, Manager of Leeds United, reacts during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on April 04, 2023 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Javi Gracia, Manager of Leeds United, reacts during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on April 04, 2023 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Leeds were still without Tyler Adams and Max Wober on Tuesday, but Willy Gnonto returned to the matchday squad, although was not risked from the substitutes’ bench. His availability for Sunday will be a hot topic during today’s press conference.

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We’re up at the training ground for the second time this week to hear Javi Gracia speak ahead of a crucial Leeds United fixture. This time, it’s Crystal Palace visiting Elland Road.

Leeds are brimming with confidence after Tuesday night’s 2-1 win versus Nottingham Forest. Don’t expect Javi to be anything other than calmness personified in his media briefing today, though.

Updates from 1pm.