Leeds United 1 - 0 Bolton Wanderers

Match info: Championship at Elland Road

Date: 01/01/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: P Gibbs Att: 22,386

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Luciano Becchio 66 (pen)



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  • Last Updated: December 30 2012, 17:07 GMT

Leeds' leading goalscorer Luciano Becchio is battling to be fit to face Bolton at Elland Road but defender Aidy White is suspended.

Luciano Becchio: Thigh trouble
Luciano Becchio: Thigh trouble

Striker Becchio missed Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Hull due to a thigh strain, meaning Davide Somma made his first start for the club in 19 months following a serious knee injury.

White received his fifth booking of the season at the KC Stadium and sits out an automatic one-game ban.

Forward Ross McCormack also returned to the starting line-up at Hull and manager Neil Warnock must decide which combination to utilise against Bolton.

Warnock made five changes against the Tigers, opting to start with three central defenders, while White and Sam Byram operated as wing-backs.

Striker El-Hadji Diouf and on-loan winger Jerome Thomas were not included in the squad on Saturday and will be hoping to feature.

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman will assess a handful of knocks among his squad.

David Ngog missed Saturday's 3-1 victory over Birmingham at the Reebok Stadium with a twisted ankle and fellow forward Benik Afobe was restricted to a late cameo from the bench due to a slight hamstring problem.

Republic of Ireland international Keith Andrews started and played through the pain of an Achilles complaint.

Fellow midfielder Mark Davies remains out with a shoulder injury, while defender Matt Mills (thigh) is still unavailable.

Freedman has been boosted by the news that Stuart Holden is closing in on a first-team return, but the USA midfielder will stay sidelined until the end of January alongside fellow long-term absentees Josh Vela and David Wheater.

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