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Blackpool v Leeds preview

Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie will be monitored prior to Blackpool's Sky Bet Championship clash with Leeds United at Bloomfield Road on Boxing Day (kick-off 5.15pm).

Forward Fuller is available to boss Paul Ince again after serving a three-match suspension, yet he has sustained a hamstring injury in the intervening period and it is a similar strain which centre-back MacKenzie is also struggling with.

Along with Fuller, midfielder Angel Martinez is also back from a two-game ban to bolster Ince's options following the news that Isaiah Osbourne will miss five weeks with a grade two hamstring strain of his own.

Ince, who had Craig Cathcart in his XI at the weekend following a back strain, has seen his side lose each of their previous four games.

Meanwhile, Leeds will be without suspended midfielder Luke Murphy.

Murphy received his fifth booking of the season in Saturday's goalless derby draw against Barnsley and sits out a one-game ban, so Michael Brown and Michael Tonge will be in contention to start.

Centre-half Marius Zaliukas faces a late fitness test as he is struggling with an ankle injury sustained in the tackle by Marcus Tudgay which led to the on-loan Barnsley striker being show a straight red card on Saturday.

Scott Wootton, yet to appear since recovering from an ankle injury sustained at Charlton last month, is on stand-by should Zaliukas fail to make it.