Leeds United news as West Ham handed injury boost, Aston Villa ticket update

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Here are the latest Leeds United evening headlines on Wednesday, 12 January 2022.

West Ham injury boost

Leeds United face another Sunday afternoon at the London Stadium this weekend, when they look to bounce back from their FA Cup defeat to West Ham by inflicting some revenge on the Hammers in the Premier League.

A young Leeds United side were defeat 2-0 by David Moyes’ men, who named a reasonably strong side to ensure that Leeds’ wait for an FA Cup third-round win goes on.

Changes are likely for Sunday’s Premier League clash between the two sides, with the Hammers also in action tonight against Norwich City.

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One player who could be back is Kurt Zouma, with Moyes confirming the former Chelsea man is nearing a return to action.

“Kurt is doing well, I couldn’t give you an idea of exactly when he’s going to be back but I have to say he is doing well and I am looking forward to getting him back shortly if I can,” Moyes said.

“We are just trying to get him correct and in the right condition so hopefully not too far away.”

Ticket allocation for Aston Villa trip revealed

Leeds United have confirmed they have been given a ticket allocation of 2,900 for the forthcoming away trip to Aston Villa.

Information has been released on the club’s official website ahead of the clash which will take place at 8pm on 9 February in front of the BT Sport cameras.

Tickets go on sale to Super Away Attendees on 17 January at 1pm, before being released to supporters who attended nine or more away games during the 2019/20 campaign the following day.

Home season ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets on 19 January before they go on sale to members on 20 January.

The Whites were scheduled to face Villa last month at Elland Road but the match has not yet been rearranged.

Luke Ayling praises young trio

Leeds United defender Luke Ayling has reserved praise for the three under-23s prospects that started in the Emirates FA Cup defeat to West Ham United.

Defender Leo Hjelde and midfielder Lewis Bate were handed their senior debuts, meanwhile Sam Greenwood led the line having already made a handful of substitute appearances for the fitst-team.

Speaking to the official club website, Ayling said: “We had some young lads playing who did really well and we got stuck in, in the first half.

“Sam Greenwood and Lewis Bate came off at half-time but I thought they played really well. Then there is Leo Hjelde at the back. You don’t get many bigger tests than facing the big man up top, Michail Antonio, but I felt he handled himself really well.

“We then had Cody (Drameh) coming on from the bench as well, so we’ve got a good bunch of young lads coming through.”

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Importance of survival highlighted by financial figures

The importance of Leeds United remaining in the Premier League has been highlighted by figures showing how much the Whites were paid in prize money for their efforts last season.

On Twitter, football finance expert Kieran Maguire shared the payment to clubs from the 2020/21 season, which ended with Leeds occupying 9th place in the table.

It shows that Leeds pocketed just over ?132m, demonstrating the benefits being a member of the top flight can bring and how much the club could lose out on if they return to the Championship.

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