Leeds United forward Joe Gelhardt set for EFL Trophy run-out after surprise Aston Villa snub

Joe Gelhardt could play for Leeds United Under-21s in the Football League Trophy at Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday after surprisingly being left out if the first team at the weekend.

The 20-year-old did forward not make the nine-man bench for Sunday's 0-0 draw with Aston Villa with coach Jesse Marsch confirming it was a tactical choice rather than an enforced one.

"It's not based on performance because I think he's playing well but we've a lot of guys performing well so in that sense maybe you can say it's a pecking order (decision)," explained Marsch, "but I don't look at it that way.

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"I really like Joffy and his mentality is great. Maybe we'll use him and a few guys on Tuesday to try to make sure we're keeping rhythm and fitness. A lot of our players need match-time.

TROPHY RUN-OUT? Leeds United striker Joe GelhardtTROPHY RUN-OUT? Leeds United striker Joe Gelhardt
TROPHY RUN-OUT? Leeds United striker Joe Gelhardt

"But please don't take it as a negative on Joffy, I believe in him."

Victory for Bradford City at home to Leicester City's Under-21s will see them reach the knockout stages. League Two Harrogate Town are looking for their first win in nine matches at home to Everton's under-21s.