By Alex Stevens

Hadi Sacko has revealed on Twitter he is back in training as Leeds begin preparations for Saturday’s league clash against Derby.

The 22-year-old winger has made a big impact at Elland Road after joining on a season-long loan from Sporting Lisbon.

Sacko has started nine of the club’s 11 Championship matches this season and has been a key figure in their climb up the table.

The former France Under-21 international took to his personal Twitter account on Monday night to reveal he was “back to training” and uploaded an Instagram cartoon image of him wearing the Leeds No24 shirt.

The winger played 74 minutes of the 2-1 win over Barnsley before the international break before being replaced by striker Marcus Antonsson.

Garry Monk’s side secured their fifth victory in six matches, and their fourth from five league encounters, as they overcame their Yorkshire rivals to secure 11th place in the league table.

Leeds are now focusing on Saturday’s clash against Derby, when they will be without Monk in the dugout.

The FA confirmed on Monday afternoon that manager Monk is banned from the touchline against the Rams after aiming “abusive language” at a match official during the 1-0 loss to Bristol City.

Leeds could also be without assistant manager Pep Clotet as the 39-year-old is currently in his home country of Spain as he and his partner await the imminent arrival of their baby.

If the former Malaga B manager Clotet does not return in time, first-team coach James Beattie is likely to take charge of the Yorkshire giants from the touchline.


Beattie moved to Elland Road in the summer after working with Monk and Clotet at Premier League outfit Swansea, and does have experience of managing a side following his 16-month stint in charge of League Two minnows Accrington Stanley.

In other Leeds news, fans have reacted to the FA’s decision to ban Monk.