Leeds United: Austin set to retake team spot

Rudolph Austin.
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Neil Redfearn is crossing his fingers that Lewis Cook will join Rodolph Austin in returning for Saturday’s visit to Charlton Athletic.

Austin is set to retake his place in Leeds United’s squad after completing a three-match ban and Cook could also be in contention this weekend having missed the last four games through injury.

Cook, 18, has been recovering from ankle ligament damage sustained during international duty last month but he is out of a protective boot and edging towards a comeback.

Leeds are looking to raise themselves after four straight defeats, including a 2-0 home loss to Norwich on Tuesday, and Redfearn said his midfield had been weakened by the absence of both Austin and Cook.

United’s head coach turned to Frenchman Granddi Ngoyi on Tuesday night, giving the on-loan Palermo player his debut against Norwich, but Austin could come back into his starting line-up this weekend and Redfearn is also keen to see Cook return.

“It would be nice (to have both players available) and Rudy definitely will be,” Redfearn said. “Lewis is out of his boot which is great and we’ve missed him. I really think that. He gives you drive and he helps the back four. Granddi played well. He broke stuff up and made it better for (Luke) Murphy and (Alex) Mowatt. They had the assurance of having a sitting midfielder.

“But Murphy’s played every game and Mowatt’s played every game. We’re squeezing the max out of them.”

Leeds United beat Cardiff City 3-0 on Friday afternoon at Thorp Arch.

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