by Phil Hay
Aidan White could make his first league start in more than five months tomorrow, just three weeks after rejecting the chance to leave Leeds.
The 21-year-old is bidding for a rare opportunity after the dismissal of Stephen Warnock at Reading forced Brian McDermott to rethink his defence for United’s clash with Burnley.
White is likely to be Leeds’ only recognised and available left-back this weekend with Warnock on a one-match suspension and Adam Drury injured.
McDermott named White on the bench for Wednesday’s defeat to Reading, his first appearance in a matchday squad since Barnsley failed to sign him on loan in the transfer window.
United’s manager was willing to sanction White’s departure to Oakwell on a temporary basis but McDermott said: “Aidy’s been here since the age of nine. He loves Leeds United and he wants to give himself every chance of cracking it at Leeds United. If that’s the case, I want to make sure he gets every opportunity.”
Drury, meanwhile, has a calf strain and asked if the former Norwich City player was likely to be in contention for tomorrow’s meeting with Burnley, McDermott said: “I really don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see.”