Football: Dorigo back in the frame for Leeds

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The Leeds United defender, Tony Dorigo, could make his first Premiership appearance for six months against Wimbledon at Elland Road tonight.

Dorigo came safely through an hour's run out in the reserves at Derby last Thursday and is confident that his hamstring trouble is over. The Elland Road manager, Howard Wilkinson, said: "We are making a day-to-day assessment of Tony's fitness. I will check how he goes in training but he has an outside chance of playing against Wimbledon."

Leeds badly need a boost after losing to Sheffield Wednesday, and Wilkinson admitted: "We can't afford another bad start like our first 45 minutes last Tuesday. We made a lot of chances in the second half and need to pick up where we left off in that match.

"Our first win will give the players a lift and hopefully set them off on a run." Carlton Palmer has been having treatment for an ankle injury collected in the first match of the season at Derby. He defied the pain to play against Wednesday and is again expected to be fit enough to face Wimbledon.

Lucas Radebe is also available despite having four stitches in a head wound which caused him to be substituted on Tuesday. The Dons' summer signing, Duncan Jupp, is set to make his debut after moving across London from Fulham. Efan Ekoku is also included in their squad.

Oldham Athletic are signing the Bury goalkeeper, Gary Kelly, on loan. The Boundary Park side have just one senior keeper: Jon Hallworth. Crystal Palace are signing the former Tottenham keeper Bobby Mimms, who has been released by Blackburn, to solve a similar problem.