Kiko Casilla starts for Leeds United with Whites unchanged for Championship visit of Reading

LEEDS UNITED goalkeeper Kiko Casilla starts in net for Saturday's Championship hosting of Reading with the Whites still awaiting the FA’s verdict into the Spaniard's alleged racism case.

Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 2:07 pm
Updated Friday, 6th March 2020, 9:44 am
Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Casilla's hearing into an alleged remark of a racist nature towards striker Jonathan Leko in the 1-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic at the end of September took place in London this week.

The Leeds No 1 denies the allegations strongly but the Spaniard would be looking at a ban of several games if found guilty.

With the FA yet to announce their verdict, Casilla keeps his place in goal with Whites head coach Marcelo Bielsa naming an unchanged side.

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There is only one change on the bench with Oliver Casey replacing Gaetano Berardi who played for the under-23s on Friday night and misses out together with January recruit Ian Poveda who also played for the 23s on Friday.

Adam Forshaw is United’s only first-team injury absentee with the midfielder recovering from surgery to correct a hip problem.

Reading boss Mark Bowen was forced into making a very late second change to his side with star man Ovie Ejaria forced to miss out and replaced by Michael Olise.

Olise had been set to drop to the bench for the only change as Pele came into the side.

Leeds United: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Harrison, Costa, Hernandez, Bamford. Subs: Meslier, Casey, Alioski, Douglas, Shackleton, Roberts, Augustin.

Reading: Cabral, Morrison, Moore, Yiadom, Rinomhota,Richards, Swift, Olise, Miete, Pele, Puscas. Subs: Walker, Baldock, Obita, Araruna, Blackett, Adam, Osho.

Referee: Jarred Gillett.