Date: 13th August 2015 at 6:50pm
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Izale McLeod was going to ‘sit in the stands’ if he didn’t leave Crawley ahead of the closure of the transfer window, having made it clear he wanted to leave following relegation into League 2, however Mark Yates had revealed today that the striker could make his return this weekend.

Former MK Dons striker McLeod, linked with Notts County and Southend, returned to training today and could return for the Reds against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday or another former club Portsmouth next week?

In his pre-match press conference ahead of the Broadfield Stadium double header with Wimbledon on Saturday and then Pompey’s visit next Tuesday Yates confirmed the wantaway striker, and former Crawley captain, has training with the squad today and could be in contention to face the Dons on Saturday.

Funnily enough, if he doesn’t make that game and hasn’t left, he could also face another of his former clubs when they come to town next week with the Crawley boss speaking about both of these upcoming games as well.

In his quotes carried by the Crawley News, despite admitting both games will be ‘tough’ said he doesn’t ‘fear’ either side.

‘We have no one to fear, no matter what. I’ve just spoken to my mate at Portsmouth and Paul Cook, and they made six changes to their side last night [against Derby County] and probably didn’t expect to win the game but they have a good enough squad that they can do that. But we don’t fear anybody.

‘When Portsmouth bring their best team here next Tuesday and when Wimbledon bring their best team here on Saturday, we don’t fear them, we just know they are tough.

‘We will try to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition but also just try to be as consistent as we can and reliable as we can, and also score goals to go with that.’


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