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December 28, 2012
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Warnock patient with Austin

Neil Warnock

Leeds United manager Neil Warnock has stressed that patience with Jamaican midfielder Rodolph Austin will be key, following the player's return to the team's roster after a little over six weeks on the sidelines.

The Reggae Boy lasted just over an hour in the team's defeat away to Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day, substituted in the second half after missing eight games for the Whites. It wasn't the best of return for the player though, as he ended up putting the ball into the back of his own net in a 3-1 loss for the English Championship division team. The coach admitted that, having just returned, he did not expect the player to be 100 per cent.

"He will be struggling fitness-wise until he gets back into it. He is naturally fit and it is just good to have him back in the side," Warnock told Sky Sports.

Rodolph Austin

Warnock will be glad to have the tough tackling midfielder, who has made a strong impression at Elland Road since

joining the club from Norwegian club SK Brann in the summer, a lot sooner than originally expected. Austin cracked a bone in his ankle during a November 10 encounter against Watford, following a seemingly innocuous collision. The original prognosis for the midfielder was bleak, at least a four-month layoff, as it was originally feared that the 27-year-old had suffered a double leg break. However, an updated prognosis provided the club with much better news.

The return to action for Austin is also good news for Jamaica's national team, which will begin the final round of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers in February, with the midfielder expected to play a pivotal roll.

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