Leeds striker Luciano Becchio is expected to return to the squad for the home game with Southend.

The Argentinian missed both matches over the Easter weekend after being knocked out in the recent defeat at Norwich, but has been given the all clear by doctors.

Manager Simon Grayson must decide whether to put Becchio straight back into his starting line-up or retain Max Gradel up front alongside Jermaine Beckford.

Gradel turned in one of his best displays for Leeds in Monday's win at Yeovil and will be disappointed to lose out, while Mike Grella provides Grayson with an alternative option.

Left-back Ben Parker, included in the squad for the last two games, had another run out with the reserves in midweek and could make his first start since sustaining a groin injury on the opening day of the season, while Gary McSheffrey, on loan from Birmingham, is also available.

Jason Crowe will play no further part this season, though, with the defender undergoing ankle surgery.

Southend will be without striker Scott Spencer for Saturday`s trip.

The 21-year-old was substituted in Monday`s 3-0 defeat at Gillingham and has now been ruled out for the rest of the season with ligament and tendon damage.

Spencer`s injury means manager Steve Tilson may be forced to choose from a squad of just 14 as the Shrimpers look for only their second win in 20 games.

Franck Moussa will miss the game as he is serving the final game of a three-match ban, while Damian Scannell (foot) is also out, but Alan McCormack could play despite a foot problem.

The Blues will be desperate for a win at Elland Road as they look to move out of the Coca-Cola League One relegation zone.

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