Leeds United have released a statement over the absence of six of their foreign stars from Saturday's game away to Charlton.
Italian quartet Mirco Antenucci, Giuseppe Bellusci, Dario del Fabro and Marco Silvestri, Frenchman Souleymane Doukara and Albanian Edgar Cani all told beleaguered head coach Neil Redfearn they were injured and could not travel to London.
Leeds United Football Club wants to clarify that during the days leading up to the away Championship fixture at Charlton Athletic on Saturday April 17 that six first team players suffered injuries.
While our first team squad did not train on Wednesday, after the Norwich City fixture the night before, the club were aware that several players were carrying injuries after the game. The first team squad and management returned to training on Thursday and Friday when these injuries were assessed by the club’ s medical team.
Upon assessment of the players, the medical team decided to take caution and on Friday six players did not finish the full training session.
Every member of the Leeds United squad receives first class treatment from the club’s head physio and his team at Thorp Arch. It was the medical team’s view from Thursday onwards that some first team players would struggle to be fit for Saturday’s game at Charlton.
It was declared that the six players were unavailable to travel to London on Friday, the club needs to protect its assets.
The club completely stands by the internal medical recommendations that it receives.
It comes as former Leeds captain, Trevor Cherry, branded the six United players who withdrew at short notice a 'disgrace' and called for them to be sacked by the club.
Former Leeds United midfielder, Andy Ritchie says former captain, Brendan Ormsby is frustrated in his recovery, which is why the club's legends were out in force to support him in a benefit game today:
Current Halifax Town manager, and former Leeds United centre-half, Neil Aspin says that his former captain, Brendan Ormsby, has all the tools he needs as he fights back to health following a stroke:
Former Leeds United midfielder, John Sheridan, says he has no doubts that his former captain, Brendan Ormsby, will be back to full fitness at some point after suffering from a stroke.
Sheridan was out with other former Leeds United stars for a benefit game, in support of Ormsby's charities:
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Some of the Leeds United's legends will take to the pitch once more today in a benefit game for one of their former captains.
A Leeds United legends XI will take on a John Sheridan XI for Brendan Ormsby, who suffered a stroke in 2013.
Current head coach, Neil Redfearn, and former players Gary McAllister, Gary Kelly, Nigel Martyn, John McLelland and Simon Grayson will be out in force to raise money for Brendan and his charities.
The game will also be officiated by 2010 World Cup final referee Howard Webb and Premier League referee Martin Atkinson, and there will be a special guest appearance from boxer Josh Warrington.
Brendan Ormsby was signed by United boss Billy Bremner in 1986 and skippered the club to the FA Cup semi-final and the first ever Play-off final in 1986/87. He went on to make 57 appearances for the club during his three year stay.
Following his retirement, Brendan returned to the club as a stadium guide until his stroke.
Kick off is at 1pm at Throstle Nest, the home of Farsley AFC.
It is being reported that Leeds United are facing a severe shortage of players at Charlton Athletic tomorrow after six of the club’s foreign signings unexpectedly declared themselves injured.
Marco Silvestri, Giuseppe Bellusci, Dario Del Fabro, Mirco Antenucci, Souleymane Doukara and Edgar Cani are understood to have told head coach Neil Redfearn that they would not be fit for the Charlton trip at the club's training ground today, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
They are believed to have trained without problem on Thursday but none of them travelled with United’s squad to the capital.
Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino's Range Rover tax evasion case has been postponed until June 23, according to reports in Italy.
The prosecution wants Cellino to be fined €40,000 for allegedly evading VAT during the purchase of the Range Rover in the United States.
Earlier today, a court in Cagliari postponed the hearing until June 23 with Cellino himself not in attendance.
Cellino also has a court hearing on June 5 for allegedly evading tax on the Lucky 23 yacht.
Leeds United president Massimo Cellino is due to appear at a court in Italy today, according to reports.
The 58-year-old faces another charge of tax evasion over unpaid VAT on a Range Rover.
Cellino is currently barred from playing any role at Leeds by the Football League.
He has already announced that he will not return to the club when his ban expires next month.
Cardiff have confirmed they will be taking no away fans to their Sky Bet Championship clash with Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday.
The Bluebirds were initially offered 1,000 restricted tickets, where supporters swap a voucher for a match ticket en route to the stadium, but rejected the offer and then turned down a second allocation of 500 unrestricted tickets out of principal.
Leeds, who have rejected a request for the game to be beamed back, were allocated 2,000 seats for the fixture in south Wales earlier in the season and Cardiff believe their fans are not being shown the same amount of respect.