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Oldham will be without winger Chris Taylor for the visit of League One leaders Leeds.

Taylor, who missed the defeat at Walsall because of illness, has a hamstring strain and his absence is a further blow to a Latics side already missing Pawel Abbott following the forward's hernia operation.

Manager Dave Penney captured Paul Heffernan on loan last week and the Doncaster striker should make his debut against the table-toppers.

Midfielder Rob Purdie, who joined the Latics in the summer on a free transfer from Darlington, is also set for his first game in Oldham colours after recovering from injury.

Reuben Hazell has been included in the squad but faces a late fitness test after coming off at half-time with a knock last week.

On-loan Crystal Palace defender Lee Hills serves the first of his three-match ban following his red card against Walsall.

Leeds manager Simon Grayson is hoping defender Patrick Kisnorbo shakes off a knock in time to return.

The Australia international missed the FA Cup second-round draw at Kettering on Sunday, with Leigh Bromby switching from full-back to fill the gap and new loan signing Tony Capaldi making his debut in the back four.

Luciano Becchio, sidelined since early October with an ankle injury, stepped off the substitutes' bench for the last 19 minutes at Kettering and could be in contention to start at Boundary Park.

QPR winger Hogan Ephraim and Liverpool goalkeeper David Martin, who joined Leeds last week on loan, did not have permission to play in the cup tie, but are expected to be included in the squad, as are fellow loanees Sam Vokes (Wolves) and Max Gradel (Leicester), who were both ineligible on Sunday.

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