Leeds United v Rotherham United: Keeper Marco to return?

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Marco Silvestri could be back for Leeds United’s final game of the season after head coach Neil Redfearn chose not to risk the goalkeeper at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.

Silvestri was missing for the second match running at Hillsborough but he is likely to be passed fit for Saturday’s derby against Rotherham United at Elland Road.

The former Chievo keeper – one of six players who were controversially ruled out of United’s recent defeat to Charlton Athletic – has been carrying a back injury and underwent an MRI scan last week.

Redfearn opted to use Stuart Taylor in goal against Sheffield Wednesday but Silvestri is likely to be in contention for his 44th league appearance of the season this weekend.

Redfearn said: “For a goalkeeper a back injury is probably as bad as it can get.

“It was important that he had a week’s training to feel the benefit of that and to know that his back is 100 per cent. With the position of goalkeeper, you can’t take a risk if there’s any doubt at all.”

None of the six players who sat out of Leeds’ visit to The Valley on April 18 were used at Hillsborough on Saturday.

Leeds said last week that striker Edgar Cani and defender Giuseppe Bellusci would be absent until the end of the season and Mirco Antenucci is likely to be doubtful for the visit of Rotherham. Dario Del Fabro and Souleymane Doukara both resumed training last week.