By Alex Stevens

Sol Bamba and Mustapha Carayol face a race against time to be fit for Leeds’ Championship clash against Reading on Saturday.

Manager Steve Evans revealed on Thursday morning that the first-team duo are recovering from knocks sustained against Birmingham.

The Yorkshire giants beat Birmingham 2-1 at St Andrews on Tuesday with a performance that Evans later hailed as the best in his Leeds tenure and one of the best ever produced from one of the sides he has managed in his lengthy coaching career.

A Stuart Dallas double was enough to secure the three points and end a run of five matches without a win for the Championship’s best-supported club.

However, victory came at cost and Evans said on Thursday morning, as quoted by the official Leeds Twitter account, that Bamba and Carayol are struggling with knocks.

Skipper Bamba has started the last two matches after returning to the team in central defence in place of Giuseppe Bellusci, who was deemed to be in the wrong frame of mind to face Burnley last Saturday.

Carayol was a substitute against Birmingham in midweek but had started the matches previous to that.

Leeds cemented their position of 15th in the Championship, four points clear of 16th placed Blackburn.

In other Leeds news, Evans has explained why he thinks Cook is better than Moussa Dembele.