Leeds team suffer major disruption ahead of Wolves clash, Evans powerless

By Alex Stevens

A virus has once again swept the Leeds camp ahead of their Championship clash against Wolves on Tuesday night at Elland Road.

Two unnamed players could be ruled out of the encounter in what would be a major blow to the team as Steve Evans’ side seek a third consecutive win.

It is the second match in four days that the manager’s players have been affected by a sickness big, as captain Sol Bamba and Tom Adeyemi missed the victory against Reading on Saturday due to illness and Evans said a number of other players were “under the weather”.

Both returned to training at Thorp Arch on Monday but Evans revealed that another two players were sent home at 9am and are now doubtful for the showdown against fellow mid-table club Wolves.

Mustapha Carayol also remains doubtful with a hamstring injury while Souleymane Doukara and Alex Mowatt are suspended but Liam Bridcutt is said to be fully recovered from his recent thigh problem.

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“Our captain and Tom Adeyemi have been back in today and trained but we have got a couple of others that remain nameless at the minute who have had to go home this morning at just after nine o’clock when they were sent home by the club doctor,” Evans said on Monday afternoon, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“It’s something that has been going through for about a week now. We are hopeful that most, if not all of the squad, have had some symptoms and they have passed on by them but it’s still there.”

The win against Reading was the first for the Yorkshire giants at Elland Road since 5 March and lifted them to 54 points and 12th position in the Championship table.

“We didn’t use it as any excuse before Saturday and we won’t be before Wolves,” added Evans to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“There’s only a couple that have gone home, everyone else seems fine, especially the boys that have come back in, confirming what the doctor originally prescribed in saying that it was a 48/36-hour bug.

“Those guys seem to be back in and, in fact, they trained particularly well this morning so we are hopeful that no one else goes down between now and kick-off.”

In other Leeds news, Evans has explained how Lewis Cook can rise to be on a par with one of the Premier League’s biggest stars.