Leeds United: One-time Latics target Austin to miss DW date through thigh injury

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Rodolph Austin will again be absent from Leeds United’s squad for tomorrow’s game against Wigan Athletic – the club who tried to sign him in January.

The Jamaican’s thigh injury has ruled him out of both of this week’s matches and is also likely to see him miss next Saturday’s game at home to Nottingham Forest.

Austin became the centre of attention on the last day of the January transfer window when Wigan tried and failed with a £500,000 bid to take him from Elland Road.

Leeds had allowed centre-back Jason Pearce to move to the DW Stadium earlier in the window.

And the Whites also sanctioned Stephen Warnock’s departure to Derby County.

But head coach Neil Redfearn avoided any late exits as Wigan Athletic’s interest in Austin and Ipswich Town’s offer for front man Billy Sharp came to nothing.

“I didn’t want to let anybody go because I knew we were going to need everybody,” Redfearn said.

“Billy didn’t want to go which was great and we kept hold of Rudy. To be fair to the club, they backed us.”

Austin is one of several absentees this weekend with Granddi Ngoyi, Tommaso Bianchi, Aidan White and Zan Benedicic all recovering from injury.