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Leeds United News from The Sporting Life    Yorkshire Evening Post


September 30: With Lucas Radebe again failing to finish a game, the Rio Ferdinand rumours have been stoked up and it's now being said that Harry Redknapp will be giving up the fight to keep the youngster, and will reluctantly accept £15 million and see what he can spend it on.

September 30: Post-match comment. DOL said: "We're getting very, very depleted. Every week we seem to be talking about injuries. I think two managers have seen some very bad goals given away today. I thought we gave a soft goal away in the first half when I felt we were controlling the game. But personally I can see where they came from because we've got a patched-up team and have had to send inexperienced players on." Meanwhile DOL is looking forward to the return of some of the injured players. "I bought Mark to play with Harry and you can imagine what will happen when Harry comes back. They will be wonderful." GG was less pleased with the game. "It was a great game, in the second half especially. It was fantastic for the fans, but they're the types of games you want to win. There could have been a lot more goals. It was very quiet and when we scored I thought we'd go on to win it. But then we had a crazy 12 minutes."

September 30: Post-match injury report (number 23 in a sadly long-running series). Lucas Radebe and Les Ferdinand were both taken to hospital after a collision left them both concussed. Olivier Dacourt has a pulled hamstring, as does Mark Viduka - but hopefully a fortnight's rest will ensure that all three are fit for the next game against Charlton on October 14.

September 30: Probably the most up-and-down game I've seen for a long time. Leeds were abysmal in the first half - not that Spurs were much better - and the loss of Olivier Dacourt and Lucas Radebe left us fearing the worst. To come back from a goal down with 4 goals in 11 minutes is more than anyone could hope for, and it's just a pity that Michael Bridges couldn't get one of his late chances in. Spurs still came close to equalising late on, but with our three first-choice centre backs out of action, a bit of defensive frailty is just about excusable.

September 30: DOL commented on the downside of having so many good internationals in the side. "It's a compliment to the club but the fact is that while they're away you can't train with them as you'd like and there's the possibility of them returning with injuries. I don't get them back until the following Friday, 24 hours before we play Charlton, and if we don't perform well I get stick. It's no way to prepare for games. They come back tired and people wonder why they are not at their best on the Saturday." Well, I guess we're going to have to get used to it, cos we shouldn't be signing too many non-internationals these days...

September 30: It now looks like Darren Anderton could play at least some part in the game today after being included in the Spurs squad, despite having played in just one reserve game since his injury.

September 29: DOL is obviously feeling more confident after Tuesday's win. After his initial comments that he could understand why the team were booed off the pitch after the Ipswich and Manchester City games, he's now taken to pointing out that almost exactly 2 years ago, GG's Leeds side were scraping past Maritimo on penalties. He also acknowledged his debt to GG for getting the job in the first place. "George felt the club could not go further and he had the opportunity to go to a bigger club, a better club, a better squad, better financial backing. He felt that was what it was and it was my challenge then to see what I could do with Leeds." Wonder if GG still thinks he's made the right decision?

September 29: "Oh no not again" department. The Worthington Cup draw means that if we beat Tranmere, we return to Filbert Street at the same stage of the competition as last year, when a typical piece of gamesmanship by Emil Heskey saw Lucas Radebe sent off, and the end of David Batty's last comeback. Hopefully we'll do slightly better this year.

September 29: After his brilliant performances in errr...3.... games this season, Dominic Matteo has been called up to the Scotland squad for their World Cup qualifiers. Matteo appeared for England at U-21 and made the full squad under Glenn Hoddle - but never took the field, and since he was born in Dumfries, his qualifications are impeccable. Meanwhile Alan Smith and Paul Robinson play for the England U-21s in their game next Friday.

September 28: Darren Anderton has passed the latest stage in his battle to return to fitness, but is unlikely to feature on Saturday. Also out are Luke Young, Sol Campbell and Alan Smith's mate, Mauricio Taricco. Campbell's absence gives a place to one time Leeds target, sometime "worst centreback in the Premier League" (according to more than one poll), Ramon Vega.

September 28: Terry Yorath had fulsome praise for Lee Bowyer after Tuesday's game, describing him as the "modern day Billy Bremner". Yorath added: "Billy scored very important goals, usually on the European stage in semi-finals and finals, and Bowyer does the same." Yorath pointed to Bowyer's early goal as a key point in the game. "It boosts everyone's confidence when you take your chances so early on. You can go on from there, which is what Leeds did. It was a great result for them and I was so pleased. Leeds were outstanding and you cannot take anything away from the performance." Olivier Dacourt also revealed that he'd wound up his close friend Pascal Nouma after the game - pointing out that 6-0 is really a tennis score.

September 28: Leeds have been drawn away at Tranmere in the 3rd round of the Worthington Cup. The tie is supposed to take place in the week commencing October 30 - so that means November 1, because Leeds are at Bradford on Sunday 29 October. The tie of the round is probably Liverpool vs Chelsea, and there's a Sheffield derby lined up at Hillsborough. We played Tranmere at the same stage of this competition 9 years ago at Elland Road, running out 3-1 winners with goals from Lee Chapman (2) and Carl Shutt.

September 28: Mark Viduka's punishment for his late return from Oz was to train with the U-15s at the weekend. The striker revealed that only his dog knows what his personal goal target for the season is - it's not stated whether or not the dog thinks he's going to achieve it.

September 28: Nigel Martyn is the only Leeds player named in the full England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Finland.

September 28: I'm glad my Mum's not like John Arne Riise's. His mother - who also happens to be his agent - has said that the Norwegian midfielder is desperate to leave Monaco after failing to win a place in the starting line-up. She's obviously equally keen for him to leave, because she's trying to talk the price down! A Premiership side would be his preferred destination - but I'm sure he'd be happy in Spain or Italy. The real question should be how much he is sandbagging and looking for a transfer, and how much is just the fact that he's not as good as he'd like to think he is.

September 27: We're never happy are we. Shortly after we beat AC Milan at home (but presumably written after two home defeats by Ipswich and Man City), Peter Ridsdale received a letter telling him he should quit and that he was taking the club in the wrong direction. The correspondent failed to give an address - so missed out on the benefit of a personal reply. Now maybe we might think that a couple more signings were needed, but he's managed to keep the majority of the squad happy and ready to stay at the club for a long time. And remember what we had before....

September 27: Leeds' 6-0 win last night equalled the record victory for Champions League games, set by Marseilles in their victory over CSKA Moscow in 1993.

September 27: Jon Woodgate has been given the all clear to extend his training after getting positive results from yesterday's scan.

September 27: Darren Huckerby reckons we could have scored 10 last night, and was over the moon with his own - brief - contribution. "To score a goal and set up Lee Bowyer's second was very satisfying. We have shown great character in recovering from a 4-0 hiding in the Nou Camp, when everyone wrote us off, to beat AC Milan and then produce this." Meanwhile Mark Viduka was overjoyed with his first goal for the club. "Getting the first goal is always the hardest and when I missed a good chance just before I thought it wasn't going to be my night again. Luckily, a couple of minutes later Gary Kelly provided a perfect cross and I was there to finish it. Hopefully there will be plenty more to come."

September 27: One of Galatasaray's more blatant hypocrites and cheats was blabbing to the press today. Gica Popescu - whose blatant play-acting got Harry Kewell sent off at Elland Road - rehashed the "Leeds fans are animals" allegations ahead of their game against Rangers in Istanbul. It's a good job the recently mooted laws have not been enacted in Turkey yet, otherwise Popescu might find himself on the wrong side of the jail door for his inflammatory remarks.

September 26: Post-match reaction. DOL said: "I'm starting to enjoy the Champions League! I thought the team did marvellous and, considering the number of people that we've got out, I thought the players' movement, pace and passing from the very start set the tone." The Black Eagles' Italian coach Nevio Scala reckons that Leeds were the best side his team had faced so far - but it's hard to see how such a defensively poor team could beat Barca 3-0. Scala said: "I don't know what went wrong. We were not on the field. But I think the same thing happened to us tonight as happened to Leeds when they lost 4-0 in Barcelona." But he did promise a stiffer test in the return match in 3 weeks time.

September 26: Woohoo! A fantastic start to the game that was continued throughout the game. This was a great result and means that we've got the drop on Besiktas if it comes down to Leeds and BJK being level on points. One more win makes the UEFA Cup a certainty - and depending on the next couple of results, we might even find ourselves in with a chance of the next stage of the CL!

September 26: Jon Woodgate has resumed light training, but the club are still awaiting the result of a scan to determine if he can step it up yet - but DOL is hopeful that he could be back in 2-3 weeks and could be in contention for a place in the defence in the visit to Istanbul.

September 26: DOL was looking to take Besiktas' challenge very seriously even before their 3-0 demolition of Barcelona. "I was surprised at the scoreline against Barcelona last week but I knew Besiktas were capable of winning the game. They are like us because they are solid without too many stars. You can't say they don't travel well either because if you take away the goals, their performance against Milan was very good," he said. A bit like our performance against Barca :-) DOL reckons that we're a point ahead of schedule after the win against Milan, since he was hoping for two draws at best. Meanwhile, Lucas Radebe tried to explain the recent results. "Putting yourself in the right frame of mind is one of the skills of football, and we are failing to master that skill. It is up to us to put it right. Taking on teams like AC Milan is bound to lift you. But it can be tricky raising your game against the likes of Ipswich and Derby. You have still got to go out there and do it on the pitch," said the captain. Damn right - that's what you're getting all that money for!

September 25: Yorkshire TV hope to be able to arrange to screen the Besiktas away game live on October 18 to ensure that as few fans as possible travel to Turkey. The authorities in Istanbul are taking steps to ensure that fans of any team will be punished if they are involved in football-related violence after yet another recent stabbing incident. Players and managers will also be watched for provocative actions or statements and could face a ban and criminal charges if they break the rules.

September 25: Both Eirik Bakke and Matthew Jones have been named in their national squads for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.

September 25: Mark Viduka trained with the squad this morning, and will be competing with Michael Bridges for a place in the starting line-up tomorrow. Eirik Bakke looked tired on Saturday, but should start his third game in a week after a long lay-off. Besiktas have a couple of problems of their own, with their first choice keeper doubtful, and with star Frenchman Pascal Nouma under a cloud after being charged with assaulting a group of photographers in an incident outside a bar in Istanbul. However, they won 5-1 at the weekend, making it 5 wins out of 6 to lead the Turkish league, while arch-rivals Galatasaray - who face Rangers - could only manage a 1-1 draw.

September 25: DOL once again made it clear that he was looking to strengthen his squad, but wouldn't buy just anybody and wouldn't pay an unlimited price. "There is no point going for a quick fix, we have to be looking at bringing in quality players who can cope with the level we want to be at. But it is very difficult to get them. I have highlighted two already but we can't bring them to the club."

September 25: Besiktas have only brought the 70 or so "executive" supporters with them after less than 250 signed up for the trip, making it uneconomical to run. Besiktas captain Mehmet Ozdilek was hopeful that the match would pass off without any off-field problems. "Those incidents are all in the past now. I believe Turkish-English friendship will come to the fore in this game."

September 25: Harking back to Don Revie's pet gypsy theories, Lucas Radebe suggested a new approach to the team's recent injury crisis. "The injuries are a big problem, I think we need a juju man, a witch doctor, to sort things out," said the skipper.

September 25: Ipswich's win against Leeds earned them Sky's "Performance of the Week" award from a panel including Alex Ferguson and Howard Wilkinson. Well, that's a comfort...

September 25: Lee Bowyer, Jon Woodgate and Tony Hackworth today denied all of the charges relating to the assault on Sarfraz Najeib in January. Their brief appearance at Leeds Crown Court was just for pleas and directions. Michael Duberry was still in hospital after his injury on Saturday and will appear at a later date. The case is set to be tried in Sheffield in June next year. In a twist to what we've already heard, prosecution barrister Nicholas Campbell QC said that the alleged attack was not being treated as racially motivated.

September 24: Peter Ridsdale is hoping common sense will prevail among the fans on Tuesday night. Security will be tight, but he'd like to believe it won't be needed. "The world will be watching our behaviour. We feel the time is right to move on and it's a chance for our fans to respond in the right manner."

September 24: With Michael Duberry now likely to be out for the season, you'd think that the club would be pushing even harder to pick up Rio Ferdinand. But the West Ham defender suffered a groin injury yesterday and will now be out for a while. And Robert Molenaar now finds himself in the same position that Michael Duberry was a month or so ago: mentioned as a transfer target of various other clubs, but unlikely to move unless the club finds a better replacement.

September 23: JFH opened the scoring for Chelsea at Old Trafford, but Chelsea were 1-3 down before two goals from alleged Leeds bid target Tor-Andre Flo brought things back to 3-3 by the end. Meanwhile Gunnar Halle scored an own goal for Bradford as they went down to Southampton.

September 23: All police leave has been cancelled for Tuesday night, and more than 600 stewards will be on duty for the visit of Besiktas. The Turks have promised that only genuine supporters will be allowed to travel, and they are making a particular effort to vet them ahead of the game. Let's hope there's no trouble between the two sets of fans - whatever our arguments with Galatasaray, we've no quarrel with Besiktas or Turkey in general.

September 23: DOL has said that Mark Viduka won't be fined for his tardy return from Australia. The manager said: "I'll leave it to you to say whether I am disappointed he has not come back, but it is a good question."

September 23: Michael Duberry's injury just before half time could be a serious one. It looks like he's done some damage to his achilles tendon and could now miss the rest of the season. Cue Victor Meldrew voice: "I don't belieeeeve it".

September 23: Well, at least we didn't lose it. Derby had more chances, and you couldn't tell that they only had 10 men for an hour. Leeds probably deserved the lead when it came, and were desperately unlucky not to go two up when the woodwork saved Derby from a Smith deflection, and we had a screamingly clear penalty for handball denied in the closing stages. But if we can't hold on to - never mind extend - a 1-0 lead against 10 men, we deserve everything we get. Ian Harte and Gary Kelly look like they're not talking to the centrebacks, and with Michael Bridges still desperately unable to hit the back of the net and Eirik Bakke looking absolutely shattered and a vital game against Besiktas coming up on Tuesday, you've got to wonder why our naive young manager waited until the 88th minute before trying a change.

September 22: Where's Wally? Mark Viduka apparently had problems getting himself on the plane, and so might not be available for tomorrow's game. Jabba says: lazy tosser. One month's wage's docked and slap his wrists....

September 22: The home game against Cov will now take place on the Wednesday night instead of Tuesday January 30.

September 22: Darren Huckerby bagged a hat-trick for the reserves against Man City last night. Stephen McPhail played for an hour, and Lee Matthews and Tony Hackworth completed the scoring as Leeds ran out 5-0 winners.

September 22: The Football League have said a big fat "NO" to our attempt to link up with Oldham and share an Academy side. Apparently they're worried that we might meet Oldham in the FA Cup (which will - of course - require many 16-year-old players). They also think we might be worried if Man U take a stake in Halifax. As Peter Ridsdale said, could do it too."

September 21: Leeds fans can help St Gemma's hospice this season, after it was announced that all profits from signed merchandise from the club would go to help renovate the Moortown Road building. Captain Lucas Radebe said: "We are delighted to give our support to this very worthy cause. People often criticise footballers but being involved in projects like this gives us the chance to give something back to our communities." The hospice is looking to raise a further £1.5 million on top of a total of £3.5 million in donations and lottery money already collected. The appeal office can be reached on 0113 218 5550.

September 21: Gary Sprake was sympathetic to the plight of Milan keeper Dida. Sprake, who was a truly great keeper whose occasional lapses tended to happen when the cameras were out in force, said: "I felt sorry for him because he didn't do it on purpose. I could see what he was trying to do but when something like that happens you have nowhere to hide. Having said that, I'm glad he dropped the ball because it meant three points for Leeds and that's all that counts as far as I'm concerned."

September 21: Old boys news. Andy Couzens has been released by Carlisle - but has had a trial with Hartlepool and may start playing there. Dylan Kerr has been released by Jan Molby at Kidderminster for "unprofessional conduct".

September 21: Despite the weather, Leeds are due to play a reserve game against Manchester City tonight. Jacob Burns will play his first game for Leeds, and there could be a place for Stephen McPhail to test his recovery from his latest injury. McPhail is unlikely to feature in Saturday's game against a Derby side who have been suffering an injury crisis of their own and who will be smarting from a 1-2 defeat by West Brom in the Worthington Cup this week. Craig Burley and Lars Bohinen have appeared for the reserves as they come back from injury, and Darryl Powell is recovering, but - like Leeds - it looks like it will be mid-October before they are back to full strength.

September 21: We don't give up - do we? Despite being rebuffed at least twice, we've apparently gone back to West Ham again to suggest that they might like to swap Rio Ferdinand for £15 million. Harry Redknapp and co have once again dismissed the bid out of hand. However, the club have denied making an approach to West Ham, and Redknapp believes that the approach was made through (or at the bidding of) an agent.

September 20: Alan Smith is the latest in the line of players talking to the press after the amazing win against Milan. The youngster proved a handful for such experienced campaigners as Maldini and Costacurta - and he managed to swap shirts with Maldini at the end of the game. "They are world class players and it is a pleasure to play against them. Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Costacurta have been about for years so it was a great experience for me." After the criticism he came in for from de Boer and others after the Barca game, it's refreshing to see that he managed to control and direct his aggression for the Milan game, and we were reminded again that Smith is very much a Leeds fan, and just how much losing to Ipswich and Man City - and getting booed off the pitch - hurt.

September 20: Dominic Matteo paid tribute to the faith showed in him by Peter Ridsdale and David O'Leary after making his debut last night. "When something goes wrong with a medical you think it could all fall through, but I was delighted with the stance the chairman and the manager took. They were brilliant to me. They told me they still wanted me and that I had signed a contract for five years, not for a few weeks." Although there were a few hints that he was in line for a possible place ahead of the game, he was still surprised when he heard he was going to start the match. "I was a little bit surprised when I got the call from David. But I've worked hard to keep myself fit and when the gaffer told me I was playing I was naturally delighted."

September 20: The NZ football coach will be over in Europe in October, and might take a look at Danny Hay to see what progress he's made. Hay and coach Ken Dugdale fell out over Hay's withdrawal from the Confederations Cup games last year, and although the NZ team have been working well together, Dugdale would be foolish to completely ignore the claims of a player on the fringes of Leeds' first team and who seems to be improving as time goes by. As well as looking at nearly a dozen players, Dugdale will look to build a relationship with their clubs to avoid the sort of problems we've seen between Leeds and Australia, and Arsenal and Chelsea and Nigeria.

September 20: BBC North are creating a documentary about how the Police deal with Leeds United fans at matches both at home and abroad. We are very keen to talk to any fans who may have been involved in 'violent clashes' in the past. How did the Police handle it? Do you have confidence in their ability to Police matches successfully? If you can help, please do get in touch as soon as possible. Please speak to Matt Richards - Researcher, BBC Close up North. Tel. 0113 224 7141 or email matt.richards@bbc.co.uk.

September 20: Gary Speed got a goal for Newcastle tonight as they ran out 2-0 winners over Leyton Orient in the Worthington Cup.

September 20: So, with Mark Viduka due back, with Jon Woodgate, Matthew Jones and Lucas Radebe all close to being fit, and last night's debut of Dominic Matteo and return of Eirik Bakke makes it look like there's some light at the end of the tunnel. With Viduka having played 3 games in a short period and having flown round the world, it wouldn't be unexpected to see him on the bench rather than in the starting line-up for Saturday.

September 20: Australia lost their third game in a row in the Olympic football tournament, going down 2-1 to Honduras. No goals again for Mark Viduka, but maybe the schedule of 3 games in a week will have helped him come back to some sort of fitness.

September 20: Howard Wilkinson's former assistant, Mick Hennigan is to link up with Bill Fotherby and Leslie Silver again by taking over as manager of Unibond League side Harrogate Town.

September 19: Lee Bowyer was understandably chuffed with tonight's result. Speaking after the match, he said: "Everyone expected us to get hammered like we did against Barcelona, so that proves what good team spirit we have." He added: "I never thought it was going in - it wasn't in the corner. We are playing against top-class goalkeepers and I expected him to save it quite comfortably." For DOL meanwhile, it was possibly evidence of intervention of a higher power. "It seems that all those candles I lit paid off and all my prayers were answered," said the manager. In DOL's opinion, this overtakes last season's victory over Roma as the greatest of his short managerial career - but he's not letting himself get carried away. "The group is wide open now, but I'm sure if we lose next week then people will probably start saying we are a bad team again." Coach Zaccheroni was gracious in defeat: "Leeds played with great courage and conviction and it's a pity we lost such a good game."

September 19: So what do I know about football (volume 34). A truly magnificent performance in appalling weather gave Leeds a most unexpected victory at Elland Road tonight. The fact that the winner came from a goalkeeping mistake in the 90th minute shouldn't detract from the fact that Leeds chased the game, created some good chances, and owed a lot to new boy Dominic Matteo for providing solidity out of position in midfield, and to the returning Eirik Bakke for taking a risk coming back just after an injury. Michael Duberry and Danny Mills - more than occasionally maligned for being enthusiastic cloggers - also deserve a good deal of praise, with Mills pulling off a brilliant goal-saving tackle on Shevchenko when he was one step away from a free shot on goal. DOL clearly got through to a team that was only slightly different from the one deservedly booed off on Saturday: from zeroes to heroes in 3 short days.

September 19: Well, they are obliged to try any legal move possible to get their clients off, but that doesn't stop us feeling our stomachs turn as Ali Umit Demir's defence lawyers roll out yet more guilt-by-association lies about Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight. And the Turkish police, who stood around and did nothing while the Turkish gangs came charging in with knives are also apparently innocent too. It seems that they had asked for a list of people with criminal records from the British police so that they could lock them up. The fact that they took little notice of the British police spotters who had travelled with the fans is a fact conveniently overlooked.

September 19: Lucas Radebe is looking doubtful for the visit to Derby on Saturday - never mind tonight's game. He's still experiencing headaches and the advice is to rest for at least another week.

September 19: DOL has resorted to prayer in an attempt to win tonight's game. Well, in the hope of being proved wrong, I can't say I blame him: snowflake and hell are two words I think of when I try to summarise our chances for tonight.

September 18: AC Milan coach Alberto Zaccheroni is rubbing his hands at the prospect of coming to Elland Road with the current injury crisis facing United. "It's true that the absence of Harry Kewell is one of the biggest bonuses for us. But I am still not expecting this to be an easy game. I have a great deal of respect for Leeds because they have proven in the past they are very good in their own domestic competitions, while they also have a great sense of sacrifice." Zaccheroni picked out Nigel Martyn, Lee Bowyer, Olivier Dacourt and Alan Smith as the players of particular quality that his team will be instructed to keep a careful eye on. Either way, he must be hoping that his Milan side will break the run of 6 games undefeated against Italian sides at Elland Road, and that without Harry Kewell, Leeds will not be able to pull off an amazing win like the one against Roma last season.

September 18: Peter Ridsdale is intent on bolstering the squad in response to the current injury crisis. "Given our horrendous injury list, it is vital we bring in new faces. The money is available for whoever the manager wishes to sign and there are bids on the table," the chairman said. Unfortunately, anyone we sign now can't help us in the Champions League, so we'll just have to take our licks there - but at least we'd have cover for the league games. IF anybody signs on the dotted line of course. Can't help thinking back to 1992, when the Championship-winning side was barely changed in the summer, and before we knew where we were, the bottom half of the table had engulfed us and nobody wanted to play for us. We're a long way from that dire position at the moment, and the fact that we're acting now is positive - but if only we'd managed the same sense of urgency 6 weeks ago when the first of the injuries started to show.

September 18: Lucas Radebe is still doubtful for tomorrow's game, so Danny Mills - who thought that Leeds were the better side on Saturday - could have his optimism stretched to the extreme as he faces Shevchenko, Guly, Bierhoff and the rest when Milan come to town. Milan will be without 5 players on Olympic duty for Italy, and Boban is doubtful with a knee injury - so they're not exactly selecting from their first choice 11 either, but with a much bigger squad, they're suffering less than we are. Having said that, some late rumours are circulating that Dominic Matteo and Eirik Bakke may make an early comeback to bolster the squad after they resumed training today. Let's face it - we could do with any help we can get, but we need to remain realistic about what we can achieve, and rushing two vital players back for this game at the risk of them breaking down with a recurrence of their injuries is one we can't afford to take. DOL said: "Courage is one of the things I will be looking for from my players. The problem is we've come so far so quickly that the expectations have been raised quickly and the players are under pressure to perform. But I've not been able to fault our courage in the last four games." What game was he watching on Saturday?

September 18: Small mercies department. Harry Kewell's fiancee was involved in a car crash at the weekend but Harry wasn't in it, and she has been released from hospital. It would be the icing on the cake if he'd been in it at the time: you can guarantee he'd have broken at least one limb and put his comeback even further in the past.

September 17: The League season hasn't started in Italy yet, but Milan are having no trouble winning their Cup games with an under-strength side. They beat Torino 3-1 and must be strong favorites to do something similar on Tuesday.

September 17: Peter Ridsdale would like Mark Viduka to come home early so he's available for the Milan game - but coach Raul Blanco insists Viduka will be staying and that since Leeds have shown the Australians "no respect" in the past, they merit no consideration now. Respect, Mr Blanco, is a two-way street. Calling up players for meaningless friendlies, invoking the FIFA "five day" rule when a player picks up an injury that needs 2-3 days rest, and then getting FIFA to change the "five day" rule to effectively be a "seven day" rule by adding in travelling time, putting around lies and half-truths about how Leeds have attracted players - not exactly the sort of behaviour likely to make someone treat you with respect, is it? Anyway, we'd need Viduka on Tuesday if he was a defender or a midfielder - but the last thing we need is something to make DOL think he can continue playing 4-3-3.

September 16: In a post-match press conference, DOL made it clear that he didn't blame the fans for their reaction as Leeds threw away an early lead to make it 4 games without a win. He didn't deflect much criticism from the players: "We deserved to be beaten today and when crowds come in and they pay good money and you don't perform, then they will boo you rightly enough but after that we didn't do a great deal. We were beaten on the day by a better team." To make matters worse, it now seems that Stephen McPhail will miss Tuesday's game against AC Milan after suffering an ankle injury in today's game.

September 16: Sounded like a fairly dire performance at Elland Road today, and to be caught cold after the break by yet another team that we really should be beating is unacceptable - even with the injuries. That's 8 points dropped in the last 3 games, and unless some of those injuries start healing soon, we may have to go all out for the Worthington Cup if we want to get into Europe next year.

September 16: Bad news for Australia - good news for Leeds. Mark Viduka set up their second goal as the Olyroos came from behind to draw level at 2-2 with Nigeria. Both sides were then reduced to 10 men, but Nigeria re-established their lead, with Danny Milosevic having little chance to save what proved to be Nigeria's winner. The Olyroos' final game is against Honduras on Tuesday - but barring a disqualification somewhere, Mark Viduka will be on his way home and should be available for the Derby game, since Australia can no longer qualify for the next phase of the competition.

September 15: There are still nearly 3000 tickets available for Leeds' home game against AC Milan on Tuesday night. Looks like the policy of trying to get people to buy tickets for all three games and saying that there would be hardly any individual tickets available hasn't exactly paid off for the club.

September 15: Kevin Keegan will be at tomorrow's game mainly to watch Alan Smith, but will also cast an eye over the claims of Nigel Martyn, and next-in-line Richard Wright to see if he thinks either of them will be a better choice between the sticks than David Seaman. Smith will be hoping to remain in the full England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Finland and Germany, but his scoring form has slipped, with 3 goalless games after scoring in each of the first 4.

September 15: This weekend's U-19 game against Manchester United and the U-17's visit to Crystal Palace have both been postponed - notionally because of the continuing fuel crisis, but I'm sure the first-team injury situation must have been a contributory factor here - they could take the train after all!

September 15: Lucas Radebe is still doubtful for tomorrow's game, and although most of the rest of the existing injuries are still at least a couple of games from healing, there are no new injuries to report - and that's a bit of a mercy at the moment. Radebe has reported that he's experienced some bad headaches since the clash of heads with Michael Duberry, and although the club were more than happy with the quality of medical attention the captain received in Spain, Lucas was sent for a further check-up with a neurologist today as a precautionary measure.

September 15: Cocu added to the Alan Smith-bashing from Barca, complaining that Smith's tackle was deliberately intended to injure him. Like we'd want to do something that brought a fresh Barcelona player onto the pitch!

September 14: That noted gentle tackler Frank De Boer accused Alan Smith of "unacceptable" behaviour after some of Smith's tackles last night. Pot, meet black kettle....

September 14: Tony Yeboah scored the first of Hamburg's 4 goals against Juve last night - but the game still ended as a draw with Inzaghi collecting a hat-trick for the Italians.

September 14: DOL reckons the team can bounce back from last night's defeat, and accepts that the better team won on the night. However, he did add: "I thought here that we were giving Barcelona that bit too much respect. They were better players and I don't mean that you go and kick them up in the air or anything like that. I felt we could have got closer to them, particularly in midfield and we could generally push up and try to take the game to them." Alan Smith echoed DOL's comments and added: "We will go away from here get some rest and try to bounce back with three points against Ipswich." Now that we appear to have some semblance of order and sanity being restored on the fuel front, there shouldn't be any problems with the Ipswich game going ahead - but Premiership sponsors Carling will be providing free transport to all Ipswich fans with tickets - and they've take 4,500 of them!

September 14: The results from Lucas's scan are generally positive and show no serious damage. The main thing is that he was not concussed - even though he left the field unconscious, and so might be ready to play on Saturday, with more chance of a return against Milan. If DOL is being consistent, that could mean a debut for Danny Hay - but it's more likely that Ian Harte will revert to left back and Danny Mills will play at centreback. One of the things to note about the Barca game is just how far down the pecking order Robert Molenaar and Darren Huckerby are: Molenaar wasn't even on the bench and Tony Hackworth made his full debut when Hucks was available on the bench.

September 14: Mark Viduka did a few good things, and Danny Milosevic was pretty solid for Australia, but the Olyroos still conceded a late goal and went down 0-1 to Italy.

September 14: So, 4-0 to Barca and Lucas Radebe carted off to hospital with a neck injury. I guess it could have been worse... Still, although the team were outclassed on the pitch, the team and the fans didn't let their spirits flag and the half-time "Champions of Europe" chant from the Leeds end was met with even more bemused stares than usual. There's a serious amount of thinking needs to be done before Milan come to Elland Road next week - but we might just have to do what we can and hope we can beat Besiktas to get ourselves into the UEFA Cup.

September 12: Elland Road will NOT be renamed as part of a possible sponsorship deal. Commercial Director Adam Pearson made it clear that the name of the ground was not up for grabs - but that a sponsor might be able to attach their name to the rebuilt West Stand or possible arena development. So - no chance of "3-COM Elland Road" then...

September 12: Dear ITV: SOD OFF. It's a good job I'm going to Spain cos instead of watching an English club face one of the tournament favorites in the biggest (English) game of the round, most ITV regions will only be screening highlights of the game, preferring Man U's HOME clash against rank outsiders Anderlecht.

September 12: As rank outsiders (5/1 for a Leeds win in some bookies) DOL is clearly not under much pressure for tomorrow's game. "I don't think this is a big test for me. If I had all my players I would have the option to impose a real tactical plan and then you might see it that way. But with all the injuries it just becomes a very straightforward choice. We just have to do our best but I know we could be in for a drubbing. When I say that don't accuse me of playing things down, because I would have loved to have come here with a full squad and really taken them on." Meanwhile the Barca players are making respectful noises, but clearly expect to finish on top. Michael Reiziger said: "They are a very young team so we must make sure that we don't underestimate them. The current Leeds side remind me of the Ajax team that I won the Champions' League with." Marc Overmars said "Leeds have done so well in the past three years - look at the players they have bought and those they have brought through from the youth ranks." He added: "Leeds have done well since David O'Leary took over. I heard a lot about him when I was at Highbury. Now he's proving himself to be a great manager."

September 12: The reserves game against Boro that was due to take place on October 25 has also been postponed.

September 12: Training ground accidents 2. Danny Milosevic should be in goal for Australia in the Olympic tournament after their first choice keeper picked up an injury.

September 12: It never rains but it pours. Jason Wilcox broke his ankle in a training accident yesterday. Wilcox was unchallenged as he took a shot and went over on his ankle and will now be out for up to 8 weeks.

September 11: Marc Overmars reckons that Leeds will find a very different atmosphere at the Nou Camp to what they are used to over here. Overmars made a not totally impressive debut on Saturday, and said: "The atmosphere there at the Nou Camp was so different to that in England. Over in England, the grounds tend to be small and tight - and that gives you one type of atmosphere. The Nou Camp is just huge, and the atmosphere it produces is awesome." Darren Huckerby meanwhile is looking forward to the experience. "You never know how things turn out in football, especially when you move, but Barcelona on Wednesday night, you just don't get any bigger than that. It will be a fantastic experience and if we can get anything out of the game it will be a bonus." Well, I've got to agree with that last bit if nowt else...

September 11: Lucas Radebe is happy that Leeds are ranked as underdogs in the Champions League clash on Wednesday. "That suits us fine. It's good that we are underdogs," said the Leeds skipper. "We're in a dream group. It's just great to play against world-class players because it brings out the best in us. It will be a test of character and a test of skill. We can only do our best and that is what we are out to do."

September 11: Reserve games against both halves of Merseyside have been postponed due to conflicts with the Champions League games - no new dates have been announced yet.

September 10: According to an interview, Barcelona is DOL's favorite city and FC Barcelona his favorite club - he has good memories of playing against Johann Cruyff at the Nou Camp as a young player. He also finally let us in on the reason behind last season's long-running gag about how he was just a naive young manager. "I played up the naive young manager bit. It came about because when Bryan Robson was getting stick last season, people said, 'you have to give Bryan time because he's only five years into the job'. I thought to myself, 'I am only 18 months into the job, so what does that make me?' So the naive young manager thing stuck and then I just had a bit of fun with it." He's more than a bit apprehensive at the approaching games against Barca and Milan though. "You don't want to be in a situation where you're really throwing people in at the deep end," said the man who drafted in Stephen McPhail and Jon Woodgate to face AS Roma and brought on Alan Smith for his debut when the team were a goal down at Anfield. "I just hope we don't go and get a hiding there or when we go to Milan, because it is a learning process in the end. We have a team who could go there and give a good account of ourselves but we're going to be lacking some important players."

September 10: Worrying stats department: in last year's Champions League, Barca scored on average every 36 minutes and were the top scorers in the competition. Barca have replaced one of the weakest links in last season's squad, keeper Ruud Hesp, with Dutruel, who enjoyed a solid reputation at Celta Vigo last year. Rivaldo scored both goals in their 2-1 win over Malaga in the season opener last night.

September 10: Mark Viduka insisted today that there was never any question of him not joining up with the Olyroos for the Olympic tournament. He said that he'd met with coach Raul Blanco in Glasgow last season, and agreed on the spot that he would be one of Australia's over-age players for the competition.

September 10: Harry Kewell is hopeful that he'll be back by Christmas. Speaking to an Australian paper after his op, Kewell said: "The frustration is what gets you most about being out of action, and then there's the boredom. You become used to a routine of training and playing and mixing with the lads then suddenly you are out of the loop and feel a bit like an outsider at times."

September 10: Leeds will almost certainly be accompanied by several West Yorkshire Police officers on the trip to Besiktas - but contrary to some reports, they will not be armed. The Turkish police will be armed, and - despite the stabbing of a Besiktas fan after a game yesterday - feel that they will be able to control any situation that may arise when Leeds visit.

September 10: Prince Andrew - the new president of the FA - will be at Elland Road later this week to gather moral and financial support for the Outward Bound trust's activities. There will be a lunch for local companies - who will be invited to donate to various schemes - and Peter Ridsdale will be looking to involve various players to promote the schemes for underprivileged youngsters.

September 10: DOL was rightly fuming after the game as TV evidence showed Leeds had been denied a penalty that was obvious even to the Cov fans after a foul on Darren Huckerby. Richard Shaw was lucky to still be on the park after an amazingly lenient display by Paul Durkin ignore a deliberate handball and only booked one of half a dozen yanks on Leeds players' shirts. Gordon Strachan more or less admitted that his team had been second best, and was rightly happy to escape with a point. There appeared to be a bit of a set to between Gary Kelly and Michael Bridges at the end of the match - with a bit of luck that will sort itself out, because everyone must pull together for the game on Wednesday.

September 09: Stephen McPhail made a welcome return to the side today - but clearly needs more match practice. Jason Wilcox came on as a late sub and got into some good positions, and Darren Huckerby showed enthusiasm and played reasonable well in his first start for a long time. But Michael Bridges' profligacy in front of goal cost us a lot - and Paul Durkin's dire refereeing performance - unably assisted by his linesman - capped a sub-par game and we've got to look at this as 2 points dropped. Still - could have been worse if Cov had managed to find the back of the net from 6 yards out 10 minutes from the end...

September 08: Harry Kewell went under the knife today in a bid to finally fix his troublesome achilles, and now faces nearly 3 months of recuperation. He's keeping a positive attitude and is already planning his training with the physios for his recuperation from the op. We can't afford to be without him for too long - but we can't afford to rush him back. And I know they wanted to wait and see if the injury would clear up on its own - but this isn't the first time we've seen a star player wait for weeks before finally having an op just when we need them on the field.

September 08: Eddie Gray reckons that the challenge of a game at the Nou Camp will bring out the best in the players. "You emerge from a long tunnel into a wall of sound and only then does it hit you that you are playing on one of the biggest stages in the world and how wonderful it would be to produce a memorable performance in that environment," said the Leeds assistant manager. But Peter Lorimer pointed out that playing at the top of your game is not something you can switch on and off - and pointed to an almost complacent attitude against Manchester City on Tuesday night that left the team facing a two-goal deficit before half-time. Lorimer pointed out: "The manager will have been furious because he will have spent his time in the build-up to the match motivating his players to treat it as one of the big clashes. You get the same three points for beating Manchester City as you do for beating Manchester United and it's the kind of result that you look back on at the end of the season and wonder what might have been if that had not happened."

September 08: Barca start their League season tomorrow at home to Malaga. They've got several injuries - but should still be able to field a team including Patrick Kluivert, Dani and both Petit and Overmars. Let's hope they pick up a couple more injuries and have an average game (not too bad or else they might just rebound a bit too heavily on Wednesday).

September 08: Jason Wilcox has suffered a reaction to the extended training he's been doing recently and will not be available for the game tomorrow. Can't really seeing the three up front formation being returned with the departure of Mark Viduka, since that would imply starting with Darren Huckerby or giving Lee Matthews or Tony Hackworth a start. Either way, we'll be stretched a bit thin again, and will face a Coventry side that has yet to win at home this season. Jon Woodgate is still out and is also likely to miss the game in Barcelona.

September 08: Alan Smith was voted Carling Player of the Month for August.

September 07: Odds for the weekend: Leeds 10/11, Cov 5/2. Remember: bookies make money when the outsider wins...

September 07: Eirik Bakke and Jon Woodgate are unlikely to be available for Saturday's game against Coventry - but Jason Wilcox and Stephen McPhail should at least be on the bench after overcoming long-term injuries.

September 07: DOL and Harry Kewell won the Manager of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards at an ITV ceremony last night.

September 07: "I'll be back..." in the squad says "Terminator" Robert Molenaar. Wimbledon want him and they're prepared to give us £1 million for him - but Big Bob wants to fight for a place in the Premier League, even though he would now appear to be behind Danny Hay in the pecking order.

September 07: Disaster! Harry Kewell will need an op on his achilles injury and so will miss the next 3 months. Hopefully he'll return in time to help us with our assault on the FA Cup and our charge towards the UEFA Cup (ooops...pessimism slipped out again...).

September 06: Looks like Leicester are on the receiving end of the same prevarication from UEFA that got us off to such a good start in Europe last year. Once again an English club get drawn against a Belgrade team (Red Star this time), and with the Foreign Office recommending people don't travel to Serbia and with various sanctions in force and local elections coming up, Leicester could be forced to choose between playing both games at a neutral venue or dropping out of the competition. Of course, UEFA could insist that it knows better than the government (political aside: most people and things not associated with government usually do - but UEFA are the exception that proves the rule).

September 06: Peter Ridsdale will pay an early visit to Turkey as the guest of the Besiktas president, Serdar Bilgili, for a big derby game against Fehnerbahce. Bilgili was at last night's game against Manchester City after flying over to agree how the clubs would handle away fans in the forthcoming games.

September 06: Mark Viduka is a bit worried about his lack of goals for Leeds this season. "I'd like to score in every game I play, so obviously I'm not happy with my form so far." Viduka added: "My fitness is not 100% yet, but I have been working extra hard these past few weeks to get myself right." Too right mate! A slimline rear end is not necessarily the mark of a great striker (Tony Yeboah wasn't exactly streamlined) but Viduka's lack of match fitness and recovery from injury has showed itself and he'll need to retrieve that 30% that he allegedly didn't use in Scotland if he wants to make an impression this season. Apparentlty Viduka chipped a tooth in last night's game - maybe he needs the full Joe Jordan effect before he starts scoring?

September 06: As some reports are pointing out, DOL's 6-year, guaranteed-to-stay contract could be rendered null and void by the EU's proposed intrusion into the football transfer market: if freedom of movement and contract apply to football players, then managers must logically be able to do the same.

September 06: Goals tonight for JFH and Brian Deane - but both players saw their teams squander a lead and end up with just a point - Chelsea allowing Arsenal to pull back a 2 goal lead and Boro conceding a 3 goal advantage to Derby.

September 06: Post-match reaction from both sides was pretty much as you'd expect. DOL admitted that the best team had won, but added: "With Manchester City coming in and playing the way they did, we needed some of those quality players who are missing to unlock the door." And show the rest of the team where the key is.... Joe Royle was delighted, noting that two years ago, City were facing the likes of Macclesfield. City skipper Alfi Haaland was happy but surprised: "We didn't expect it really, we were hoping for a point but I was always dreaming about winning. I think they had a bit of possession, but our keeper hasn't had too many saves to make, so I think we defended decently."

September 05: Clyde Wijnhard is in hospital after crashing his car and sustaining a broken arm last night.

September 05: No excuses really - from what came through on the commentary, there was little imagination in the first half, and although the City goals were a bit scrappy, we couldn't have any complaints about being 2 goals down at half-time. Lee Bowyer's goal gave Leeds some hope but they never did enough to get the equaliser. DOL will not be at all happy about conceding two goals from corners - and watching scouts from Barca and Besiktas will be laughing all the way back to the airport at what they saw - but it could be a very different story next week.

September 05: DOL had a final dig at the Olympic tournament with Mark Viduka due to leave tomorrow. "Mark goes and we wish him well, but I don't think over-age players should be playing over there, particularly when you have Champions League games on. I don't blame the Australians - they want their best in the Olympics but it's not right when you have Champions League games on down here."

September 05: Leeds played a training game against Boro yesterday to give a few players a chance to have a bit of a workout. Jason Wilcox was the most notable player to appear, and this might set him up for an appearance at Cov on Saturday.

September 05: Leeds and Besiktas have agreed that 500 fans from each club will travel to the respective fixtures with the clubs making a particular effort to ensure that the fans are on their best behaviour. There will be no overnight trips. Peter Ridsdale said that he would expect the Turkish authorities to send home any fans arriving independently.

September 04: The U-19 side recorded their first victory of the campaign with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend. Meanwhile Leeds Ladies beat Garswood Saints 6-1 at the weekend after being 1-0 down at half-time. Becky Lonergan opened the scoring, Siona Kelly and Lucy Ward got two each, and Nicky Davis came off the bench to complete the demolition to maintain their 100% record.

September 04: Michael Bridges envisages a titanic struggle at the Nou Camp next week - between himself and Alan Smith as they battle for Rivaldo's shirt! He also reflected on the changes to the team's tactics this season: "Since Mark's arrival I have been asked to perform a slightly different role. He came as the big target man it became apparent we needed in some games last season. He came as that and we were told to rotate around him. I found that hard in those pre-season games because Alan and I were wide left or right and neither of us would be the best wing men in the business. But in the games themselves it finally came together when the boss told us to play as a front two and to forget that Mark was there. It's worked a lot better."

September 04: With Eirik Bakke out, Jon Woodgate doubtful and Lucas Radebe carrying a knock as well as all of the long-standing injuries, it could be a pretty thread-bare squad that takes the field tomorrow night. For City, former captain Richard Edghill will be on the bench, and Joe Royle will be hoping there are no air-traffic delays as George Weah and Paolo Wanchope return from international duty.

September 04: DOL called for refs to be given a chance to do their job and said there should be an end to the "slagging off" that they routinely get. DOL made it clear that the FA and UEFA assessors who watch the refs' every move can't be absolved of blame. "I don't think they are allowed to referee with discretion. When I played we had a good bunch of referees. They didn't do everything to the letter of the law, but that's what happens now - and it's not right."

September 04: Norwegian club Brann's young striker Azar Karadas has turned down the chance of a trial with Leeds. Brann need to sell a player to help balance the books - but want to keep Karadas, and he seems keen to stay and make his mark in the Norwegian League before stepping up and competing for a place in a strong English team.

September 04: It is hoped that a small number of Leeds fans will make the trip to Istanbul for the Besiktas game and a similar number of Turkish fans will come to Elland Road. There will be no overnight trips, and tickets will only be sold as part of a package from the club (cue more rip-off prices). The Besiktas president will meet with Peter Ridsdale to confirm the details this week, and the joint plan will be presented to UEFA for approval.

September 03: After a week of "we're not making any panic buys" stories, Peter Ridsdale now makes it clear that the proposed transfer fee changes by FIFA will not provoke any panic sales. With Harry Kewell and others currently looking to command a transfer fee well above £10 million, it would be tempting to bank the money to be used for wages in the future, but PR is determined that this won't happen. "We certainly will not be looking to cash in on Harry Kewell because of what is being said and proposed by FIFA. Harry cost us nothing when he came over here from Australia. He is in our books for zero. We don't have to sell him."

September 03: No real surprises with the August Player of the Month poll: Alan Smith won by a country mile, with honourable mentions for Nige and Lee Bowyer.

September 03: Soccer Australia and Leeds have agreed to compromise on Mark Viduka. Viduka will play for Leeds on Tuesday against Manchester City before flying out to Sydney the following day. It's unlikely he'll play in the friendly against South Africa on the Thursday, but Leeds will still have made the player available well in advance of the compulsory call-up deadline and the Olyroos will have the chance to work with Viduka in training camps before the start of the Olympics.

September 02: Harry Redknapp revealed that Leeds had made yet another £15 million bid for Rio Ferdinand in advance of the CL deadline last week - and despite the possibility of transfer fees vanishing soon, he decided not to take the money. The man's a nutter! Ferdinand is a good prospect, but no way is he worth £15 million even in today's market, and I'm rather glad that we've managed to hang on to that particular chunk of cash for a few weeks more.

September 02: Ian Harte and Gary Kelly both took the field in Amsterdam tonight for the Republic's opening WC qualifier against Holland. The Irish had a 2-0 lead, but gave it up in the last quarter of the game and just managed to hang on for a draw. There was only bench space for Nigel Martyn and Alan Smith in Paris as England drew 1-1 with France in a friendly.

September 02: Gary Speed scored a late goal for Wales in their 2-1 defeat by Belarus in Minsk in their first World Cup qualifier today.

September 02: Alfi Haaland will lead out Manchester City at Elland Road on Tuesday after being named as captain. Joe Royle removed Richard Edghill from the position after he scored an own goal against Coventry and came under sustained abuse from the City fans.

September 01: Milan coach Alberto Zaccheroni today spoke of what he thinks will be waiting for him at Elland Road. "We all know about the passion and determination with which English sides go into these matches," he said. Talking down his own sides chances, he nominated Barcelona as favorites for the group, but added "All the sides that have made it through to this stage of the tournament are the finest Europe has. We shouldn't expect to have an easy ride." Leeds will face Oliver Bierhoff - the German striker who featured almost daily in transfer gossip through April and May. Bierhoff has shown good form in the pre-season games and will be looking to have a major impact on this season's Champions League.

September 01: Harry Kewell will be stepping up his training over the next couple of days and will soon know whether or not he will need an operation on his achilles problem. Matthew Jones and Jason Wilcox should be okay for Tuesday's game, but Jon Woodgate and Stephen McPhail aren't ready yet, and Eirik Bakke could miss up to a month with his ankle injury.

September 01: John Arne Riise has blamed George Graham's old mate, agent Rune Hauge, for the collapse of Riise's transfer to Leeds, alleging to a Norwegian paper that Hauge persuaded Monaco to up the price at the last minute.

September 01: Although Kevin Keegan has been admirably forward-looking in calling up Alan Smith and picking Gareth Barry as a starter for tomorrow's game, it's clear that he can see no further than the end of David Seaman's ponytail when it comes to picking a keeper. Seaman is unlikely to be first choice in two years when the World Cup comes round, and comparing what Nigel Martyn and David Seaman have done so far this season, there would only be one choice to make - but for now, Keegan has stuck to the aging defensive axis of Adams and Seaman in one of the few "friendly" games he's got in which he could safely juggle his options and try something different.

September 01: Soccer Australia are requesting Mark Viduka's presence for what they describe as an "A-class" international against Kuwait next Tuesday. That would be an A-class game where there are no paying spectators which would be generally called a training match if the authorities didn't want to force the issue. The matter is now with FIFA to resolve, since Leeds obviously want Viduka to stay for the Manchester City match.

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