Leeds Utd news – Stewart on trial, Howson gets call-up, Connolly out

Stewart on trial.

Former Manchester United midfielder Michael Stewart took part in a behind closed doors friendly against York City yesterday.

Following a spell abroad, the 29 year old midfielder, who has also spent time at both Edinburgh clubs, Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian, is undergoing a trial period as he seeks a new club. The game also featured an unnamed French midfielder, as well as providing game-time for fringe players including new goalkeeper David Gonzalez signed from Manchester City on deadline day. Ross McCormack was included after missing out at in the 1-0 win over Coventry City at the weekend due to illness. The game which ended in a 0-0 draw was played at York’s Kit Kat Crescent ground. Reserve team boss Neil Redfearn spoke to leedsunited.com after the game and said: “It was a really good workout for the players. York didn’t have a game at the weekend so they fielded a very strong side at the start and it was a real stalemate of a game.”

Connolly out.

Leeds United may face a problem at right back for Saturday’s game against Bristol City at Ashton Gate following the withdrawal of Paul Connolly in the victory over Coventry City at the weekend.

Connolly appeared to suffer an injury in the early stages of the second half, but soldiered on, finally succumbing to the injury in the closing stages. Simon Grayson told the clubs official website that the former Derby County defender had indeed suffered a hamstring injury: “Conns could have come off a bit earlier” the United boss admitted and confirmed the extent of the injury saying: “He tweaked his hamstring and we’ll assess him over the next few days and see how he is.”

Leigh Bromby stepped into the breach on Saturday, and would be expected to do so again if required at Bristol. However Leeds are poorly covered in the right back area following the transfers of both Jason Crowe and Andy Hughes in the transfer window.

Howson gets call-up.

Leeds United captain Jonny Howson earned international recognition over the weekend with a first ever call up to the England U-21’s.

Howson, who created United’s goal in the victory over Coventry on Saturday, was chosen by England U-21 coach Stuart Pearce following the withdrawal of a large number of players from the original squad through injury. Howson comes in along with Josh McEachren of Chelsea, Barnsley’s Kieran Trippier, Leicester’s Kyle Naughton and James Vaughan of Crystal Palace. Former Leeds United starlet Fabian Delph is one of the players to withdraw. Simon Grayson told the Yorkshire Post: “I am delighted for Jonny. He has been terrific for us this season and this is a great reward for him.”

England face their Italian U-21 counterparts in a friendly in Empoli this evening.

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