International midfielder Paul Green has given under pressure Leeds United manager Brian McDermott a boost by returning to training this week after injury.
The Pontefract-born player has not featured for Leeds since their defeat at Derby County in October, but has made 10 first team appearances this season.
He has not played in any game since suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland in Poland in November, but has recovered and is pushing for a return to a side in need of fresh blood after a run of six games without a win.
Green told the Irish Independent: “I had a little niggle with my hamstring, probably wear and tear, and after I returned from Poland, I pulled myself out of the Leeds squad to get it right.
“I haven’t played for a while and it’s doing my head in, but I’m back training and hopefully I’ll get a reserves game and then straight away be back in contention.
‘The second half of the season is an exciting time. Everyone is fighting for points, so it’s a good time to be playing in the games. The manager has told me I’m in his plans and I want to be playing.”
Leeds players, meanwhile, were called in for a crisis meeting on Sunday following their latest defeat – a 6-0 thrashing at Sheffield Wednesday.
They have dropped down to 11th in the Sky Bet Championship and face a tough task against top of the table Leicester City at Elland Road this Saturday (kick-off 12.15pm).