By Mark Smith

24th Dec, 2019 | 1:30pm

Reliable journalist: Leeds evidence gathered as Casilla personal hearing closing in

Amidst all the Christmas excitement, Leeds United fans will be keeping one eye on a potential outcome for Kiko Casilla.

As well all know, the Spaniard is nearing a personal hearing to determine whether or not he will avoid a ban for being accused of racial abuse in the 1-0 defeat against Charlton.

Leeds did get an extension granted for the keeper, but that could have only delayed the inevitable. It appears that Casilla will be available for the busy Christmas period, but maybe not for long after in the worst-case scenario.

The Telegraph journalist John Percy has revealed on Tuesday afternoon that Leeds have gathered their evidence to help the Spaniard’s appeal.

Percy shared that the FA accused the Whites stopper of using “abusive and/or insulting words” against Charlton’s Jonathan Leko, something he strenuously denies.

The reliable journalist delivered an update on the hearing, claiming it will be held in early January, as Leeds compile their statements from players and former teammates of Casilla in an attempt to have the charge overruled.

Should Casilla be found guilty, he would be facing a minimum six-game ban in all competitions meaning it would be time for Illan Meslier to step up.

The Athletic journalist Phil Hay has already revealed that the Frenchman would be given the nod by Marcelo Bielsa should he be missing the former Real Madrid man.

We have seen Meslier on plenty of occasions this season in the under-23s, and we can say with some confidence that he would be a suitable replacement.

Not only has he made a number of important saves from open play and penalties, but he is also calm in possession – a key trait if you are to make it at Elland Road.

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