The never-ending chaos at Leeds continued on Friday as six players withdrew from Saturday's game at Charlton citing injury.

Italian quartet Mirco Antenucci, Giuseppe Bellusci, Dario del Fabro and Marco Silvestri, Frenchman Souleymane Doukara and Albanian Edgar Cani all told beleaguered head coach Neil Redfearn they were injured and could not travel to London.

Five of the sextet were signed by banned president Massimo Cellino, while Cani's deal was set-up by the Italian before he was banned by the Football League for failing its Owners and Directors Test.

Redfearn was not aware of any problems with the players and United's physio was not aware of any injuries, according to Press Association Sport.

After receiving criticism from Leeds fans on Twitter after the story surfaced, Antenucci replied insisting that the reason for his absence was genuine.

Goalkeeper Silvestri also Tweeted, posting a picture of a cut on his back which he suffered during Tuesday's loss at Norwich.

He, Antenucci and Silvestri have been first-team regulars this season, with Cani, Del Fabro and Doukara resigned to roles on the fringes.

Redfearn's position at Elland Road has become increasingly threatened over recent weeks, despite leading the club to Championship safety after taking off from ill-fated predecessors David Hockaday and Darko Milanic.

He saw assistant Steve Thompson lose his job without warning on 2 April and his own deal, which expires at the end of the season, looks increasingly unlikely to be renewed under the club's current regime.

Cellino is currently banned after being found guilty of not paying tax on a yacht in Italy. He has been banned from holding any influence over the club since the end of January and is set to return in a fortnight's time.