Leeds United survived a scare to earn a place in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup, but the victory came at a possible cost for their return to the league in a big game against fellow promotion contenders Derby County this Friday. The Whites could face a defensive crisis after Pontus Jansson was booked for the tenth time this season to result in a two-match suspension and fellow centre-back Liam Cooper had to limp off in the second half.While Cooper’s injury was said to be an impact one and he has not been ruled out of the Derby game yet, he did leave the Cambridge ground on crutches and Leeds could be left with just Kyle Bartley as a regular centre-back for the match.Luke Ayling can move inside from his right-back position and would be the obvious candidate to step in, but with full-back Charlie Taylor still out it is far from ideal to go into such an important game without so many of their frontline defenders.Friday’s game at Elland Road looks to have the look of a six-pointer about it with United in fifth in the EFL Championship and Derby in seventh, just outside the play-off places…. Read full this story
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