Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United: Kemar Roofe 'close' to a comeback - but won't make Hillsborough clash

Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe is on the verge of a comeback - but the striker will not feature in tonight's derby at Sheffield Wednesday.

Friday, 28th September 2018, 7:46 am
Updated Friday, 28th September 2018, 7:52 am
Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe, who is out of tonight's game at Sheffield Wednesday, scores in a 4-1 win over Derby County last month.

Roofe is poised to resume full training with Marcelo Bielsa’s squad, two weeks after a calf injury forced him onto the sidelines.

Bielsa was forced to leave his first-choice centre-forward out of Leeds’ 1-1 draw at Millwall a fortnight ago due to a problem sustained in training and Roofe has missed subsequent games against Preston North End and Birmingham City.

Bielsa described the 25-year-old as “close” to a return this week but ruled him out of this evening’s trip to Hillsborough. Roofe, however, is edging towards full fitness ahead of next week’s matches against Hull City and Brentford.

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Roofe won August’s player-of-the-month award after amassing four goals and two assists last month, establishing himself ahead of £7m signing Patrick Bamford.

Bamford is out until the new year with a knee injury but midfielder Pablo Hernandez (hamstring) and defender Gaetano Berardi (knee) are likely to be available after the next international break.

Young defender Conor Shaughnessy is out with a knock sustained in an Under-23s fixture and on-loan Chelsea midfielder Izzy Brown is still regaining fitness after ACL surgery in January.

“Bamford and Brown won’t be with us for a long time,” Bielsa said. “Roofe is close to the first team; not immediately but he’s close to becoming part of the group.

“Berardi and Pablo are also close to the team but not as close as Roofe.”