Double injury boost for Leeds
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Leeds' Kevin Nicholls and Richard Cresswell are both on the road to recovery.
Kevin Nicholls completed his first training session with Leeds United while Richard Cresswell has been given the green light to step up his comeback.
Nicholls, a £700,000 summer capture from Luton, had been on the sidelines since picking up a knee injury just 30 minutes into his first training session with The Whites.
The 27-year-old looked like requiring at least three months to recover, but is now in line for a shock debut against Wolves on Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1.
Leeds boss Kevin Blackwell is delighted Nicholls has rejoined his first-team squad and is looking to ease him back into contention in the coming weeks.
"Kevin lasted longer than last time," Blackwell joked on the club's official website.
"Seriously, it's good to have him back. He's a little bit ahead of schedule so we'll have to ease him back in and monitor his progress along the way.
"He's a determined character who has worked very hard, and I think the physio staff will be glad to see the back of him!"
Meanwhile, Cresswell, who has spent most of his time at Elland Road on the sidelines, has been given the thumbs up to increase his training.
The former Preston hit-man underwent further knee surgery during the summer and has been taking things step-by-step in order to ensure a full recovery.
Cresswell is now looking to see how his knee reacts under a bit more strain with a view to making his first-team return before the end of September.
"Hopefully I can step it up over the next few weeks now," revealed Cresswell. "I feel alright, but it's a case of seeing how it reacts.
"I've spent that much time in the swimming pool I feel like I've got gills on my back - but it's cardio-vascular work, and it's an important part of the process.
"I've done a little bit of running, but hopefully I can do more now."