Eirik Back On Bench

Last updated : 29 January 2005 By Kevin Markey

He has made a full recovery from a cruciate ligament injury suffered on the pre-season tour of Sweden.

Bakke last played for the first team against Blackburn Rovers in April last year, a game that also proved to be Seth Johnson's last one before injury.

"Eirik will be on the bench tomorrow and it was maybe just as well that we did pull him out of the reserve game last night," said Blackwell on the official Leeds website.

"He's worked hard and it's been a long grind for him and Seth Johnson, and I am reluctant to put him on though because I believe in my own mind that he needs another game even though he feels mentally right to play.

"We forced him back early last season and we lost him for another nine months again. We want Eirik back for the next 17 games and not just the next three.

"But he's champing at the bit to get back, he feels he's ready and I am quite confident that if I have to put him on he will do well."