Leeds United have been forced to postpone tonight’s development league game against Hull City after Hull failed to raise a team.
United called off the fixture just hours ahead of a scheduled 7pm kick-off at Elland Road having been informed that Hull lacked sufficient players to fulfil it.
Hull are understood to have informed the Premier League that a combination of injuries, an FA Youth Cup tie at Bournemouth this evening and “first-team demands” of new manager Nigel Adkins left them without an Under-23s side.
Adkins takes charge of his first game against Brentford tomorrow having replaced the sacked Leonid Slutsky at the KCOM Stadium.
The former Sheffield United boss has inherited a lengthy injury list, something which could see some of City’s development players added to their senior squad this weekend.
United were left frustrated by late call-off and in statement said: “The match, originally scheduled to take place at Elland Road at 7pm, has been cancelled due to Hull City being unable to field a team.
“Leeds United are disappointed with the decision to postpone the fixture at such short notice, which is out of the club’s control.
“Any supporters who have purchased tickets should contact the ticket office to arrange a refund.”
Leeds, under Under-23s coach Carlos Corberan, are bottom of their professional development league after three wins from 14 games.
The club’s development squad underwent major change in the summer with an influx of foreign signings but Corberan’s side have struggled for results and were looking for a first win in five matches tonight.