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Jermaine Beckford and Patrick Kisnorbo could return to Leeds' starting line-up for the derby clash with Huddersfield.

Leading goalscorer Beckford was rested for the midweek win at Oldham while centre-half Kisnorbo has missed the last two matches with a knee injury.

Manager Simon Grayson is spoiled for choice up front. Luciano Becchio stepped off the bench to score on Tuesday night after missing two months with an ankle injury.

Fellow forwards Sam Vokes, on loan from Wolves, Mike Grella and Tresor Kandol are also in contention.

QPR winger Hogan Ephraim, who made his debut at Oldham, is hoping to keep his place in the starting line-up as is Max Gradel, on loan from Leicester, while Robert Snodgrass will be keen to return after starting on the bench at Boundary Park.

Huddersfield manager Lee Clark might be tempted to make a few changes for the derby clash.

Clark vowed to bring in new players after watching his side concede the lead three times against bottom club Tranmere in midweek and could reward several players who have been waiting for their chance.

Defender Andy Butler, midfielders Jim Goodwin and James Berrett, winger Lionel Ainsworth and striker Theo Robinson have all started on the substitutes' bench in recent weeks and will be hoping to play a bigger role.

Clark has been blessed with a near full-strength squad for most of the season and has no new injury or suspension problems.

Striker Robbie Simpson and on-loan Manchester United midfielder Danny Drinkwater are still sidelined with thigh injuries and Tom Clarke is recovering from another knee problem.

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Sam Vokes
Lionel Ainsworth
Oldham Athletic
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