Leeds United Vs Walsall, Tue 16 Feb 2010

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Leeds hope to have leading goalscorer Jermaine Beckford back in their squad for the visit of Walsall.

The 24-goal striker, who scored the winner when the two sides met at the Banks's Stadium in August, has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.

If he does not make the clash, boss Simon Grayson could select Mike Grella to start alongside Luciano Becchio up front, although he is more likely to continue with Robert Snodgrass in a supporting role.

Australian defender Patrick Kisnorbo again misses out with the ankle injury that has ruled him out for the majority of 2010, so Leigh Bromby should continue at the heart of defence, with Jason Crowe taking his place at right-back.

Grayson was impressed with his new central midfielder pairing of Bradley Johnson and Neil Kilkenny in Saturday's draw at Leyton Orient, and they are likely continue at the expense of Mickey Doyle and Jonny Howson.

Chris Hutchings is likely to make changes for Walsall`s trip.

Inconsistency has dogged the Saddlers` season to date and the euphoria of last Tuesday`s 1-0 win at Bristol Rovers was soon replaced by disappointment as the midlands outfit sunk to a 1-0 defeat at struggling Oldham on Saturday.

New signing Julian Gray started on the bench at Boundary Park but may get the nod from the off this time around while Darren Byfield could also come back in up front.

Captain Mark Hughes is now fully fit despite only featuring on the bench against the Latics, while fellow centre-back Manny Smith is also hoping for a recall.

Steve Jones (groin) continues to step up his recovery but is not ready to be considered for the trip to Elland Road, while right-back Rhys Weston (hamstring) and striker Sam Parkin (groin) both remain out.

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Patrick Kisnorbo
Neil Kilkenny
Bristol Rovers
Bradley Johnson
League One
Sam Parkin
Mark Hughes
Mike Grella
Jason Crowe
Julian Gray
Oldham Athletic
Wigan Athletic
Jermaine Beckford
Rhys Weston
Mark Hughes
Leigh Bromby
Robert Snodgrass
Steve Jones
Darren Byfield
Leeds United
Luciano Becchio
Leyton Orient

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