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Team news for Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Leeds and Barnsley at Elland Road.

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Pugh: Set for return

Pugh: Set for return

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Leeds midfielder Danny Pugh could return to the squad.

The left-sided midfielder missed last week's win at Burnley due to a hamstring injury and Lloyd Sam stepped in, but Pugh is expected to return should he prove his fitness.

Manager Simon Grayson will also include new signing Maik Taylor. The former Birmingham goalkeeper has signed a short-term contract and will provide cover for the on-loan Alex McCarthy.

But central defender Darren O'Dea misses out through suspension after reaching five yellow cards for the season, so Tom Lees is likely to partner Patrick Kisnorbo at the heart of defence.

Grayson is expected to keep faith with 10-goal Ross McCormack, who has not scored in his last seven matches, up front alongside Andy Keogh, but Luciano Becchio and Ramon Nunez are pushing for places in the starting XI as Leeds chase their first home league win in four attempts.

Barnsley's new loan signing Nile Ranger will be included in manager Keith Hill's squad.

Newcastle striker Ranger arrived at Oakwell on loan until January this week and is expected to start on the substitutes' bench.

Hill has a welcome selection dilemma with the return to contention of midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who had started in every game since arriving on loan from Manchester United at the end of August before missing last week's win over Doncaster through suspension.

Matt Done returned to the starting line-up in Drinkwater's absence and turned in a man-of-the-match display, leaving Hill to ponder on who to start with at Elland Road.

Hill must also decide on whether to recall striker Andy Gray to the side after a one-game ban. Ricardo Vaz Te partnered Craig Davies in attack last week.

Forward Danny Haynes (hamstring) was back on the bench at Doncaster while defender Bobby Hassell suffered no reaction after returning to the first XI following a groin strain.

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