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LUFC Defender returns to Leeds

Leeds United defender Ben Parker has returned to Elland Road after coming to the end of his month loan at Carlisle United.

Parker joined Carlisle to get some much needed match fitness after two and a half frustrating years that has seen him require seven operations.

The 24 year old made five appearances during his stay at Brunton Park and he scored his first league goal in their 2-1 home win over Chesterfield in his second appearance for the club.

His performance in the win over Chesterfield earned him a place in the Football League One Team of the Week.

The defender came to the end of his loan following the 3-2 home win over Yeovil Town on Saturday.

Carlisle manager Greg Abbot decided to allow Parker to return to Elland Road with the clubs regular left back Matt Robson hoping to back in time for their next game at Notts County on Saturday.

Abbot was full of praise for Parker after telling him he was allowing him to return to Elland Road.

Abbott speaking in the Carlisle News and Star said, "Ben came in and gave us 100 per cent at a time when he desperately wanted to be out on the pitch.

"He fitted in well and he really bought into what we are trying to achieve, and he is one who will get better and better the more he plays.

"The measure of the man came when I spoke to him after the Yeovil game and his comment was 'just make sure you go on and get promotion`.

"We really enjoyed having him with us and we wish him all the best for the rest of the season."

Parker is likely to feature in a behind closed doors friendly for Leeds today against Middlesbrough at Thorp Arch has he now aims to get his Leeds career back on track.

The product of the Leeds United academy has made just one appearance for Leeds this season in the Carling Cup win over Bradford City in August and he has been restricted to just nine appearances because of injury since the start of the 2009/10 season.

Parker will be hoping to impress new boss Neil Warnock in the closing months of the season as he comes to the end of his current contract with the club at the end of this season.

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Date:Tuesday February 28 2012
Time: 12:21PM

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