Cranie still has chance

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Martin Cranie could still earn a deal with Leeds
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Martin Cranie could still earn a deal with Leeds

Former Coventry and Portsmouth defender Martin Cranie has been given an extended opportunity to earn himself a permanent switch to Leeds after joining the squad in Norway.

United boss Neil Warnock had initially said he would review the player's position after the trip to the south-west, but Cranie, who has been playing at centre-back, has travelled to Norway with the squad.

Absentees include injured duo Paddy Kenny and Luciano Becchio, while Ramon Nunez has also remained behind.

Warnock, technical director Gwyn Williams and central defender Tom Lees will join up with the squad on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the game with Sandefjord in the evening (6pm UK time).

Former Portsmouth midfielder David Norris will make his debut against the Norwegians, while fellow midfield man Rodolph Austin could join him in the United ranks at Preston on Saturday.

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