Leeds United v Scunthorpe United: Watt faces a fitness fight

Sanchez Watt is hoping head and hamstring injuries will not threaten his involvement in Saturday's clash with Scunthorpe United as the on-loan winger targets a long-term run in Leeds United's starting side.

Watt revealed that he had been "50-50" for United's FA Cup tie at Arsenal due to a head wound sustained last week, and the club are now assessing the strained hamstring he suffered at the Emirates Stadium as they prepare to resume their Championship campaign.

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The 19-year-old's appearance against Arsenal – his parent club and the outfit who loaned him to Leeds on a year-long deal in August – was his first start for almost three months, but his performance in a dramatic 1-1 draw in London could see him retain his place for this weekend's league game at Elland Road.

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An ankle injury picked up at Middlesbrough in October curtailed his involvement during November and December, and despite Arsenal agreeing to allow him to play against them on Saturday, his selection was in doubt for a time due to the gash he sustained in last week's 2-1 defeat at Cardiff City.

But Watt is hopeful that he has come through the worst of his fitness problems, saying: "The loan is going well. Obviously I've had my (ankle) injury but I've come through it and I hope I can get back into

the team more regularly.

"I was a bit surprised to get the call against Arsenal. I was ill as

well over Christmas but I came on as a substitute (against Middlesbrough and Cardiff) and I thought I did well. I had a head injury and I was only 50-50 but I worked hard and I got my chance."

Watt took the chance to impress both Leeds manager Simon Grayson and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, and will be eligible to feature in the replay a week tomorrow. But the winger remains unsure about his future prospects at the Emirates Stadium.

"I just hope to do the best I can for Leeds and see where it takes me," he said. "My goal is to help Leeds back into the Premier League."

The Football Association, meanwhile, is considering whether to take disciplinary action against Arsenal winger Theo Walcott who admitted diving in an attempt to win a penalty in the final minutes.

Referee Phil Dowd initially awarded a spot-kick but reversed his decision after spotting an offside flag. Arsenal earned a legitimate penalty seconds later which their captain Cesc Fabregas converted.

Walcott said: "I apologised to the managers because I actually dived. I've heard people say that if you feel the slightest touch you should go down, but I'm not happy with myself for doing that."

A spokesman for the FA said the incident was "under consideration".

Grayson expressed surprised at Dowd's initial decision. "I was amazed," he said. "But then everyone stopped...and eventually the referee's given offside."

Thomas Christiansen

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