American winger Robbie Rogers nears his Leeds return

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Things are finally moving the right direction for Robbie Rogers, the American winger whose winter move to Leeds was sideswiped before it could ever gain speed.

The former Columbus Crew man joined his new English club in January, but was felled by a concussion in his first Leeds appearance, Feb. 18 against Doncaster. The left winger hasn’t appeared for the first team since, but did find his way into a reserve match Tuesday. In fact, Rogers scored Leeds’ third goal in the closed-door session against Carlisle United, which can only assist his prospects of gaining a role this weekend at famed Elland Road.

Yesterday’s official match report from Leeds is here.

Once-prominent Leeds United – what says “prominent” like books and movies being created about the characters of your heyday? – is 10th in the 24-team English Championship table, desperate for a top 6 spot and playoff berth for possible promotion.  Leeds hosts West Ham this weekend.

As for Rogers and what it means for his diminishing international portfolio … I’ll have more on that later today.