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Brian McDermott reveals pre-season plans

McDermott wants his players to regain fitness (©GettyImages)
McDermott wants his players to regain fitness (©GettyImages).

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott is planning on fielding two separate teams in his side's first pre-season game in Slovenia on Wednesday.

The trip will see the Whites play three matches, with the first against a Slovenian XI at the Fazanerija City Stadium and a majority of the squad will expect to get some game time.

Former Reading manager McDermott - speaking to the club's official website - said: "We'll play two teams, 45 minutes each.

"Then in the next two games we'll probably play 60 minutes and 30 minutes if that makes sense.

"We'll get more time on the pitch and make sure everyone is raring to go.

"People talk to me about making decisions on teams and things, but I don't look at it like that."

The main purpose of the tour is for a 10-day training camp, which will give their new boss a better idea of who is showing strong signs of fitness ahead of the club's latest push for promotion back to the Premier League.

"I look at it as a group of 25 men who are looking to go in the same direction and we'll be looking at using each and every one of them at some point over the stage of the season," added McDermott.

Their much sought-after right-back Sam Byram will miss the game with a hip injury however new signing Luke Murphy is expected to feature.

 

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