Grace and thrill with duo return

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Long-term injury victims Patrick Kisnorbo and Ben Parker both made triumphant returns to action for Leeds United, as the Whites kicked off their pre-season preparations with victory over Falkirk.

A Falkirk own goal and Robert Snodgrass' header secured the win for Simon Grayson's side, but the return of Kisnorbo, who missed all but 10 minutes of last season after rupturing his Achillies, and Parker, who has seen hamstring, hip and calf injuries restrict his availability, was the big positive for United.


The Australian defender signed a new two-year deal with Leeds last week after proving that his fitness worries are very much behind him, and Grayson was delighted to see the pair make their returns.

"Paddy was a natural progression to play between 45 minutes and an hour and similarly Ben, who played 45. We didn't want to push him too much, but he'll play 45/60 minutes at the weekend," he said.

"I'm delighted to have them back, hopefully their injuries are behind them and we'll have two good players coming back into the team."

Grayson was able to hand debuts to Michael Brown and Paul Rachubka and the duo impressed the boss significantly on the first leg of their Scottish tour.

"Michael Brown didn't give the ball away and Paul Rachubka was vocal and kicked it well," he added.

"Both did what they needed to do. It's our first game, the first thing is getting through it, then we step it up for Saturday. It was a good exercise."

United continue their pre-season preparations with a friendly with Motherwell this weekend.

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