Izzy Brown was not included in Leeds United’s Under-23 side against Sheffield United’s reserves, so could he make the bench for the senior side’s match against Reading on Tuesday?
Brown, 21, is yet to play for Leeds after he was signed from Chelsea on loan. The Whites landed the attacker with the knowledge that he was recovering from a knee injury.
The England youth international played 45 minutes in the second string’s 3-0 loss to Birmingham last week. He was expected to play the full 90 against Sheffield United on Monday (YEP).
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However, Brown was not included in Carlos Corberan’s squad against the Blades. Leeds won 3-1 thanks to a Tyler Roberts brace and a deflected Kun Temenuzhkov effort.
With Brown now fit but only in need of match practice, it is difficult to determine why he did not play on Monday. However, it may be that Marcelo Bielsa has called him up to the first team.
Leeds go up against Reading in the Championship at Elland Road on Tuesday night. They will be looking to develop some momentum after beating Bristol City 2-0 on Saturday.
Perhaps, Brown’s absence from the reserves’ win over Sheffield United is because he has been included in the squad to face Reading. It remains to be seen where he will be included when fully fit – if at all.
Fans will have to wait and see whether Brown is fit to face Reading, when the team sheet comes out prior to kick-off on Tuesday. Bielsa did not give anything away in his press conference.