Leeds United: Heckingbottom reveals Alioski's late arrival

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Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom revealed Ezgjan Alioski arrived back in England in the early hours of Thursday morning ahead of the visit of Bolton Wanderers on Good Friday.

The 26-year-old had been away on international duty with Macedonia for their friendlies in Turkey against Finland and Azerbaijan.

Ezgjan Alioski.

Ezgjan Alioski.

Alioski tallied up a total of 117 minutes of action over the course of both fixtures whilst away with his national team before racing back to West Yorkshire to take his place in the Whites starting XI against Bolton for the Championship clash.

The winger played a key role in the second goal on Friday afternoon as his thunderous effort was parried only as far as Pablo Hernandez who tapped home from close range to double the hosts advantage.

Following the 2-1 victory United boss Heckingbottom said he was both delighted and impressed by the attitude shown by Alioski in his desire to pull on the White shirt.

"He returned home at 2am yesterday [Thursday] morning," revealed Heckingbottom.

"I spoke to him between flights. He'd got a flight to Istanbul then another one to Frankfurt, I spoke to him while he was in Frankfurt waiting to fly to Manchester from there.

"He was determined he wanted to be fit and available. That's good. That's the attitude I want."