Leeds United are set to welcome back Matthew Pennington to the senior squad for the clash against Aston Villa on Friday night in a shock early boost, according to a reliable journalist.
The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay, who is one of the most revered reporters covering the Elland Road outfit, has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Everton loanee, who is on a season long loan from the Premier League side, is up for selection after being expected to miss out.
Not confirmed but suggestions that Matthew Pennington is available tonight, despite the indication yesterday that he'd be missing. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) April 13, 2018
The 23-year-old has been missing for the last two games against Sunderland and Preston North End, and has managed 20 appearances after temporarily joining from the Toffees.
His availability will be a huge boost to manager Paul Heckingbottom, who handed 20-year-old Paudie O’Connor starts in Pennington’s absence.
Football Insider verdict
Pennington might not be every Leeds fans’ cup of tea but his experience and know how could be crucial in picking up something against a Villa side who are firmly in the hunt for a play off spot come the end of the season. O’Connor was only in place due to the absence of more senior options and Heckingbottom will likely give the Everton loanee his spot in the starting XI back if he is fit and ready to go, as they hunt just their third win of 2018. Pennington could also be fighting for his future, with his contract at Goodison Park ending this summer.
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