Leeds United manager Brian McDermott says he expects El-Hadji Diouf to return to the club fitter than ever after he started his summer holiday early following his controversial sending off against Brighton last weekend.
Diouf was shown a straight red card in the game after celebrating his equalising goal from the penalty spot in front of the Brighton fans.
The 33-year-old, who as an history of misdemeanours during his playing career, was shown a red card after making a gesture towards the Brighton fans and McDermott says he has spoken to Diouf before he left the country and the matter is now over. “I have spoken to Diouf and I had a really good conversation with him and he has now gone back to Senegal to see his children.
“We have given him a fitness programme and I am sure he will come back the fittest he has been in his life and be ready to play.
“He is a player with a major talent and he knows how much respect I have for him and he has respect for me. A line has been drawn under what happened and it is all done.”
The incident involving Diouf last Saturday is the first time that the often-volatile player has let himself down, since arriving at Elland Road last summer. Diouf had received just two yellow cards this season prior to Saturday
Diouf joined Leeds on the eve of the season on a short-term deal before agreeing a deal to keep him at Elland Road until January.
His early season form saw him accept the offer of an eighteen month deal at Elland Road in January and he has gone on to make 45 appearances for Leeds this season, his most league and cup appearances in a league season since his first season in England with Liverpool in 2002/03.
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