Problems for Warnock as Sturridge returns to Blues training

Problems for Warnock as Sturridge returns to Blues training

Leeds manager Neil Warnock faces a selection dilemma ahead of the Capital One Cup quarter-final with Chelsea.

On-loan defender Alan Tate is unavailable while fellow loanee Jerome Thomas and captain Lee Peltier are both doubtful.

Tate is cup-tied having already taken part in the competition with Swansea and he will be replaced by Jason Pearce. Leigh Bromby, Rodolph Austin, Davide Somma and Ramon Nunez all remain sidelined.

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is back in training but remains doubtful for tomorrow’s quarter-final at Leeds.

Sturridge has recovered from his hamstring injury but interim manager Rafael Benitez is unsure if he will be available, while John Obi Mikel, Gary Cahill and Ramires are suspended.

Benitez has refused to set a comeback date for John Terry’s return from a knee injury, while Oriol Romeu has been ruled out for the season following knee surgery.

Meanwhile, Benitez will shake Warnock’s hand before tomorrow’s game.

Warnock is unsure whether he will complete the pre-match gesture at Elland Road due to a dispute between the two dating back to 2007 when they were respective Sheffield United and Liverpool managers.

Benitez was accused by his rival of playing a weakened team that Warnock felt contributed to United’s relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

“I’m professional so will do my job. I’m professional, I will behave,” the Spaniard said.

Leeds squad: Kenny, Ashdown, Peltier, Drury, White, Lees, Pearce, Byram, Green, Tonge, Norris, Brown, Hall, Diouf, Becchio, Varney, McCormack, Thomas.

Chelsea squad: Cech, Hilario, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cole, Bertrand, Lampard, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Moses, Marin, Piazon, Torres, Turnbull, Sturridge.

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