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Gradel and Vokes miss FA Cup tie

Max-Alain Gradel celebrates his leveller
Max Gradel has scored one goal in four substitute appearances for Leeds

Leeds United have been refused permission to play on-loan pair Max Gradel and Sam Vokes in Saturday's FA Cup first round tie at Oldham.

But, although Wolves will not allow striker Vokes to play and Leicester will not release winger Gradel, Oldham are weakened by Alan Sheehan's absence.

The Leeds left-back has returned from Oldham after a second loan spell.

But he is then expected to return to Boundary Park for a third month after Saturday's Cup clash (1715 GMT).

Gradel has yet to start a game for Leeds, but the young Ivory Coast man has made an exciting impact as a second-half substitute in Leeds' last four games.

After three times coming on for the final quarter of an hour, he was allowed a longer run against Yeovil on Saturday, and responded with his first goal for the club just 11 minutes after coming on, Leeds' clinching second in their 4-0 win.

And manager Simon Grayson admitted to BBC Radio Leeds: "He's got a certain something about him, has the lad.

"That va va voom, if you want to call it, which can turn games.

"Give him the ball and he can run at people and create chances.

"He's an exciting player who can be anything he wants to be.

"He's certainly contributed when he's come on in the games so far."

Meanwhile, Leeds reserve keeper Alan Martin has been called up to the Scotland Under-21 squad for the Uefa Championship qualifying tie in Azerbaijan on 14 November.

Martin, 20, has been on bench duty for Leeds after returning prematurely from his loan spell at Accrington.

He was already cup-tied for next Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Grimsby - and he will now also miss the following Saturday's League One trip to Swindon.



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