Batty still part of plans

Last updated : 25 September 2002 By Elland Roader
Batty was reduced to a substitute's role in last week's reserves victory over Sheffield Wednesday and Venables said that the reason for this was down to the former England international midfielders lack of fitness.

Batty has not played for the first team since Venables' arrival two months ago and his agent Hayden Evans has queried his players inability to win a place in the Leeds team this season, describing the situation as "a complete mystery to us".

"David is available for selection like anybody else," said Venables.

"He has been training with us and he has been playing in the reserves, although he did not play last night and that's because he is not fit.

"His agent should come to me if he wants to discuss anything."

Batty's contract at Leeds does not expire until 2004 and he earns approximately £25,000 per week, a figure sure to frighten off many of the club's currently monitoring the situation.

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