By Will Butcher
Toumani Diagouraga could be given a chance to shine for Leeds in Tuesday night’s EFL cup match against Norwich City.
The Frenchman has been frozen out by Leeds boss Garry Monk, along with Luke Murphy and Ross Turnbull. Diagouraga has been plying his trade with Jason Blunt’s development side in an attempt to resuscitate his Elland Road career.
However, the former Paris Saint-Germain youth player has been left out of Blunt’s side to face Nottingham Forest’s reserve squad, which means he could be in line for a return to the first team.
Leeds revealed the team news on their official Twitter account, which saw Murphy and Turnbull line up alongside the likes of impressing young trio Billy Whitehouse, Paul McKay and Jack Vann.
Diagouraga, who signed for Leeds in January 2016 from Championship rivals Brentford, has featured regularly for Leeds’ reserve side in recent weeks as he looks to impress manager Monk.
Despite captaining Blunt’s side in recent weeks. there is no mention of Diagouraga’s name on the team sheet with Leeds set to host Alex Neil’s Norwich in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
Captain Liam Bridcutt remains sidelined with a foot injury, and has been replaced in the centre of midfield by youngster Kalvin Phillips in recent weeks alongside Ireland international Eunan O’Kane.
Former Swansea boss Monk may look to rest both O’Kane and Phillips, who have both started in all of Leeds’ last six matches.
That could mean a recall for Diagouraga, who last featured against QPR as the Yorkshire giants were convincingly beaten 3-0 by Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink’s side.
In other Leeds team news, this is the expected line up to face Alex Neil’s high flying Canaries.