Leeds United U23s team news confirmed as Joe Gelhardt makes injury return at Crystal Palace

Leeds United’s under-23 side were a joy to behold last season, rampaging to the PL2 Div 2 title having gone unbeaten at home.

Mark Jackson’s junior Whites were in excellent form throughout the campaign, going from strength to strength as the season wore on.

23-goal duo Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt were a particular highlight for the young side, as well as captain Charlie Cresswell and his defensive partner Cody Drameh.

It was hoped all four would be available to begin the 2021/22 campaign, but a knock picked up in the friendly win over Guiseley AFC last month rules Gelhardt out of this one.

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Nevertheless, Jackson has named a strong side as they look to avenge their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Palace’s under-23s back in March.

During that game, Joe Gelhardt and Crysencio Summerville were booked early on by a rather overzealous referee.

Shortly thereafter, Summerville was shown a second booking, leaving the Whites – who were on an astounding winning run – with ten men for the remaining 70 minutes.

The game also marked a comeback from injury for Gaetano Berardi, who has since departed the club.

Leeds’ under-23 side began the 2020/21 campaign with a 4-0 defeat to Stoke City – a game most would choose to forget.

But, Jackson’s team rallied and were boosted by summer additions bedding into the squad.

This time around, the core of the team is well-versed in the Leeds United way of playing, as well as boasting bags of talent.

The integration of Amari Miller, Sean McGurk and Lewis Bate should be a seamless one, after they joined the club from Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and Chelsea respectively this summer.

Lewis Bate poses with family and Director of Football Victor Orta

Here is how Mark Jackson has chosen his under-23 side to line-up this evening.

LEEDS UNITED U-23 XI: Kristoffer Klaesson, Cody Drameh, Charlie Cresswell (C), Kris Moore, Liam McCarron; Adam Forshaw, Lewis Bate, Jack Jenkins, Crysencio Summerville, Amari Miller; Joe Gelhardt

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