Leeds United: Rosler reluctant to change midfield star Cook

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LEEDS United head coach Uwe Rosler is reluctant to bark new orders to back-from-suspension Lewis Cook stressing: “I don’t want to change him.”

Teen midfield star Cook returns from a three-match ban for Saturday’s Championship visit to Derby County having been shown a straight red-card in the first round Capital One Cup exit at Doncaster Rovers.

Cook could have no complaints after a two-footed tackle on Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and has vowed to improve his discipline but Rosler is also keen to lose none of Cook’s desire.

“Lewis is a fantastic boy and I don’t want to take away his determination win the ball,” said Rosler.

“I don’t want to take away his desire to get on the ball and to play the football he can play.

“Of course, he has to learn now and then to maybe be a little bit more cautious but in general I just want to keep him as he is because he has made big strides.

“We have missed him, like we miss all of our players when they are injured and I think Lewis was in good shape.

“He’d just scored his first goal, he just got into a good momentum of getting in the box and trying to create a little bit more goal threat and playing a little bit higher up the pitch.

“He scored his first professional goal against Doncaster which was a fantastic highlight.

“Now he has had a little bit of a break and I think he used the break well.

“He played two under-21 games so he is match fit, he is a in a good frame of mind and he will be ready for selection.”

Cook is likely to come straight back into the side and may also be joined in the starting XI at Derby by fellow midfielder Luke Murphy.

The 25-year-old has gradually worked his way back to full fitness having had minor knee surgery in the summer. Rosler said: “He is very close. He’s ahead of schedule. We always felt that it would be after the international break when he would be ready to start games. Now he’s very close to starting games and he’s definitely in contention to start on Saturday.”

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