Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed he has been handed a triple boost to the first team ahead of the club’s clash against Barnsley on Saturday.

The Whites welcome Heckingbottom’s former side to Elland Road for the first time since the boss joined the club, with the Tykes looking to pick up some points as they face the threat of relegation.

Leeds themselves are looking to secure what would only be their third victory of 2018 after their dreadful form, and the manager has been boosted by welcoming Adam Forshaw and Liam Cooper back into training after their respective injury absences, as confirmed via the personal Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay.

In addition, the pair are set to be joined by fellow absentee Pontus Jansson on Friday, the Swedish international having sat out the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

Midfielder Forshaw has been missing for the last five games while centre back and club captain Cooper has been sidelined for the previous seven.

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Having the trio back in action will be a major boost for Heckingbottom, who will no doubt have missed their experience both on the training ground as well as in the first team line up. Each of the missing stars are influential in their respective positions and so to have one absent is a blow in itself, let alone three all at once. Still, despite having them back at his disposal, the manager will not want to risk injuring any of them any further and so fans can expect a slow and steady return, especially when there is nothing much more to play for than pride as they enter the final games of the season.

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