Nottingham Forest v Leeds United: Bellusci faces late fitness test

Giuseppe Bellusci.  PIC: Tony Johnson
Giuseppe Bellusci. PIC: Tony Johnson
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Giuseppe Bellusci remains doubtful for Saturday’s televised trip to Nottingham Forest with Leeds United reluctant to gamble on the defender’s hamstring strain.

Bellusci has been undergoing treatment with United’s medical staff this week and is likely to face another late call on his condition ahead of the club’s visit to the City Ground.

The Italian centre-back has been missing since Leeds’ 2-0 win over Derby County on November 29 and failed to prove his fitness ahead of last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Fulham.

Head coach Neil Redfearn said: “He’s going to be touch and go again.

“He’s not a million miles away but it’s not an injury we can push.

“If he comes back too early and does his hamstring badly then we’ll be talking about five or six weeks out. We’re not going to risk it.”

Bellusci is one of two major injury doubts, alongside midfielder Rudy Austin (ankle).

Aidan White, Lewis Walters and Zan Benedicic are long-term absentees.

Benedicic – midway through a season-long loan at Leeds from AC Milan – is recovering from knee surgery and is yet to be given a date for his comeback.