By Will Butcher
Garry Monk has revealed on Twitter his desire to see Leeds continue their impressive form against Derby on Saturday.
The Yorkshire giants have been in hugely impressive form of late, with Monk orchestrating five league and cup wins in six games against the likes of Barnsley, Cardiff and Ipswich.
Monk, who has seen his side climb into the top half of the Championship table, posted on his personal Twitter account that his squad were “determined to carry on” their good form following the end of the international break.
Leeds travel to the iPro Stadium with the Championship’s top six in their sights on Saturday, with three points up for grabs against newly appointed manager Steve McClaren.
Former Swansea boss Monk will not be the man to shake McClaren’s hand though, after being handed a one-match touchline ban by The Football Association after targeting a match official during the 1-0 loss to Bristol City.
Assistant boss Pep Clotet has returned from Spain in time to take charge of the side from the touchline in place of Monk, after his wife gave birth to son Max during the international break.
Three points would see Monk’s side move to 19 points for the season from 12 games, taking them to within one point of Gary Rowett’s sixth placed Birmingham City.
Leeds will have to make do without captain Liam Bridcutt who continues his fight against a foot injury, as well as Switzerland international Gaetano Berardi. Northern Ireland star Stuart Dallas is a doubt after picking up a thigh injury on national duty.
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