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Leeds United are still struggling with the virus that hit the squad before the clash with Bolton Wanderers on New Year`s Day as they prepare for their FA Cup tie with Birmingham City.

Luke Varney and Jerome Thomas were both forced to miss the Bolton clash and Paddy Kenny, Ross McCormack and Paul Green all played despite being under the weather.

Leeds boss Neil Warnock is latest to join the sick list and they are monitoring the situation ahead of the clash.

Jerome Thomas has now returned to parent club West Brom after coming to the end of his loan.

On loan defender Alan Tate extended his loan deal with the club until the end of January this week and he has been granted permission by parent club Swansea City to play in the game.

Jamie Ashdown could start in goal for Leeds. Ashdown played a key part in Leeds run to the quarter-finals of the League Cup and with Paddy Kenny struggling with a virus, he may get his chance.

Leigh Bromby and Ramon Nunez remain on the injury list for Leeds.

Birmingham boss Lee Clark may have to field a number of reserve and youth team players in the game with the injury list at St Andrews continuing to grow.

Stephen Carr, Hayden Mullins, Peter Lovenkrands, Marlon King, Darren Ambrose, David Murphy, Paul Caddis, Akwasi Asante, Papa Bouba Diop, Emmitt Delfouneso and Keith Fahey are all out through injury.

They will also be without Robert Hall for the game after the on loan winger was denied permission to play in the game by parent club West Ham United.

Striker Jake Jervis is cup tied having already played in the competition this season for Tranmere Rovers.

Birmingham will once again be without striker Nikola Zigic who is serving his second suspension of the season.

Zigic scored five times in the two games against Leeds last season and he has now missed both games with Leeds this season through suspension.

They will give late tests to Jonathan Spector, Chris Burke, Will Packwood and Callum Reilly who are all carrying knocks from the festive period.

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Date:Thursday January 3 2013
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