Leeds United: Warnock set for speedy return after positive scan

Stephen Warnock.
Stephen Warnock.
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Leeds United captain Stephen Warnock is set to make his comeback from injury earlier than expected following a positive scan on his ankle.

Warnock appeared to be heading for a lengthy absence after United head coach Neil Redfearn described the ankle ligament strain suffered by Warnock in a 2-0 defeat to Derby County last month as “a bad one.”

The left-back was hurt in the opening minutes of the game at Pride Park, injured in a challenge on Derby right-back Cyrus Christie.

He missed Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Sunderland, replaced by youngster Charlie Taylor, and speaking after that match, Redfearn said: “It’s a bad one for Stevie because it’s ankle ligaments. We’ll have to see how it is when the swelling goes down.”

Warnock, however, received more encouraging news from a scan on his ankle yesterday.

The 33-year-old tweeted: “Very happy with the news that my scan is all clear! Dr also happy with its condition...need to get the last bit of swelling out of it!”

Warnock remains doubtful for Saturday’s Championship visit to Bolton Wanderers.

Taylor, 21, is in line to play again after a solid performance at the Stadium of Light and centre-back Jason Pearce should be available after a knee problem.

United’s Under-21s bowed out of the Premier League Cup last night after a 6-1 defeat at Watford.

Midfielder Chris Dawson scored the Whites’ goal.