Leeds winger gets international recall

Leeds United loanee Mustapha Carayol has been called up to the Gambian squad for their African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Mauritania.

Carayol, who joined the Whites on a temporary basis from Championship rivals Middlesbrough in January already has one cap to his name for Gambia – playing in a 1-1 draw with Uganda last year.

However this is his first call-up to the international side since that draw and the winger will be hoping to get involved as they look to put pressure on group leaders Cameroon and second-placed Mauritania.

The 27-year-old follows in the footsteps of loan defender Liam Bridcutt and vice-captain Liam Cooper who were both awarded international call ups after doing enough to impress Scotland manager Gordon Strachan.

Carayol, who was previously on loan at Huddersfield in the first half of the season, hasn’t been a regular starter for Steve Evans’ side.

In his three months at the Whites, he’s appeared nine times in all competitions and has bagged two goals – one in an FA Cup win over Rotherham and one in an away draw at Brentford.

After missing out Leeds’ last two games against Cardiff and Blackburn, the Gambian wideman will be hoping that Evans picks him for this weekend’s clash against former side Huddersfield as Leeds look to secure their fourth win on the bounce.

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