Leeds United striker El-Hadji Diouf is set to feature in a friendly as he steps up his efforts to return to the first-team fold. 

Diouf, 32, who joined the club in August 2012 after a short spell with Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers, sat out the whole of Leeds' pre-season campaign with a painful shin infection. 

However he is set to play in one half of a friendly against Burnley at the club's training facility.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "He's kind of a one-off. 

"He trained Monday and looked okay despite not having done much training.

"He does love his football and he likes to train. He'll hopefully play 45 minutes against Burnley. That's the plan."

Leeds, who appointed McDermott following the departure of Neil Warnock in April, got their 2013/14 Championship season off to a good start on Saturday with a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Brighton at Elland Road. 

Seagulls striker Leonardo Ulloa gave the visitors the lead, but Ross McCormack restored parity six minutes later. 

And just when it appeared to the impressive 33,000 strong crowd that the spoils would be shared, midfielder Luke Murphy, a summer signing from Crewe, netted from close range. 

Tonight they will be switching their focus away from the league as they welcome League Two promotion hopefuls Chesterfield in the first round of the Capital One Cup. 

 

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