Rogers sets stall to trigger fine start at Leeds United

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AMERICAN winger Robbie Rogers will be hoping to put Birmingham City in a right state if he gets the nod to face the Blues at Elland Road tonight.

Rogers will be named in a United squad for the first time since completing his move from MSL side Columbus Crew – though he may have to wait to start.

Said United boss Simon Grayson: “Robbie was away in America last week sorting his visa so he didn’t train with us until the back end of the week.

“He’s been working over the weekend, but tonight might just come too soon for him after the week he’s had.”

The big boost was that Grayson has reported a clean bill of health ahead of the Elland Road clash.

Leeds are only missing long-term injury victims Davide Somma and Paddy Kisnorbo as they prepared for the clash with Chris Hughton’s side.

“Everyone’s available,” confirmed Grayson.

“We’ve got a full squad to choose from.

“It may be that we add to the squad before the game, but due to the signing deadline (the January transfer window closes tonight), any new players wouldn’t be available anyway.”

Defender Leigh Bromby has also returned to training after recovering from a calf injury.

Meanwhile, teenage defender Charlie Taylor has returned from his loan spell at Bradford City.

The 18-year-old made four appearances for the League Two strugglers, two starts and two as a substitute, during his month-long stay with the club.

“It’s been a good experience for him,” said Grayson, adding: “If something else comes up that gives Charlie more competitive games we’d have a look at it.”

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