By Alex Stevens
A mix-up meant Liam Cooper was handed the shirt number intended for Jordan Rhodes during his recent spell with the Scotland national team, according to a report.
The Sun claim Gordon Strachan’s backroom staff had planned for striker Rhodes to be given the number 23 jersey during the international break.
But defender Cooper’s name was on that strip by mistake and it was not spotted until it was too late in the day to re-print the numbers and names.
It meant that Rhodes did not have a number on his back for the crucial 1-0 World Cup qualifier win over Slovenia on Tuesday of last week.
The error was spotted before the game but Rhodes sat on the bench and was ready to come on without a number on his jersey.
Cooper, 25, had been a late addition to the Scotland squad after three withdrawals due to injury but he did not make the substitute’s bench for the Slovenia match.
The centre-back has started each of Leeds’ last two matches after getting the nod for a recall alongside defensive mainstay Kyle Bartley.
He has spent much of this season on the sidelines due to the success of the partnership of Bartley and Pontus Jansson, who missed the 1-0 defeat at Reading on Saturday with a hamstring injury.
Rhodes joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan from Middlesbrough on deadline day in a deal that will become permanent in the summer for what Sky Sports’ website report will be a fee of £10million.
Leeds are fifth in the Championship table and well placed to secure a place in the end-of-season play-offs, although their automatic promotion hopes were hit by Saturday’s setback at the Madejski Stadium.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.