By Will Butcher
The Leeds careers of senior Leeds trio Luke Murphy, Toumani Diagouraga and Souleymane Doukara appear to be over after they were once again overlooked by Garry Monk on Tuesday night.
Monk, 37, made seven changes to the Leeds squad to face Blackburn in the third round of the EFL Cup as they face Owen Coyle’s men for the second time in seven days.
However, the trio still failed to make Leeds’ 18-man squad which could signify the end of their careers at Yorkshire.
Leeds revealed the team news on their official Twitter account earlier this evening, with fringe players Marco Silvestri, Lewie Coyle and Kemar Roofe all being given a chance.
Midfield duo Murphy and Diagouraga have made just one appearance each this season, with former Brentford man Diagouraga failing to feature for Leeds since the opening day of the season against QPR.
Murphy has featured just once against Luton Town in the round prior to Tuesday night’s fixture, with Doukara also starting against the League Two minnows.
The trio have been rumoured to leave Leeds all summer, with HITC claiming that Murphy and Diagouraga had been told they could leave Elland Road towards the end of the summer.
With Eunan O’Kane, Liam Bridcutt, Kalvin Phillips, Matt Grimes and Ronaldo Vieira all considered above the out-of-favour duo in the central midfield pecking order, they could be set to leave in January.
Doukara could have more of a chance at finding his way into the Leeds first team, but may have to wait for an injury to Chris Wood or Marcus Antonsson if he to surpass the in-form attacking stars.
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