Prior back in Dons training

Leeds United boss Neil Warnock has revealed that Jamaica

international Rudy Austin could be set to return to action sooner

than expected.

Austin suffered a broken ankle early in November and was not due

to return until the New Year.

But with Michael Tonge’s loan from Stoke set to expire on

December 22, Warnock is hopeful Austin can help cover his absence

until the Potters man can be re-signed on January 1.

“He’s coming along really well and there’s an outside chance

that he’ll be back in time for Tonge going back to Stoke,” Warnock

told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“That would be a big bonus and one way or the other he should

definitely be with us for the start of January. We aren’t going to

rush him but at the same time it’ll be great to have him back. He’s

been a big player.

“It’s a bonus to be thinking about him at all because I honestly

thought he’d be looking at about six months out when the injury

first happened.

“That’s how serious we thought it was. But he’s doing fine.”

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The 23-year-old, who was once on trial with Newcastle, moved to

Kingsmeadow from non-league side Bognor Regis Town last

January.

But he made just three appearances for the Dons before suffering

the injury against Crawley in April.

Prior has now resumed light training and hopes to be in

contention for a return to the first team in the new year.

A club spokesman said: “Jason will step up his training over

this month and hopefully will be pushing to return around late

January.”