By Will Butcher

Leeds midfielders Toumani Diagouraga and Luke Murphy have continued in their attempt to work their way back into Garry Monk’s side.

The frozen-out duo were named in Leeds’ development side to face enemies Millwall on Monday, but were unable to prevent Jason Blunt’s side losing 2-0 to the Lions’ reserves.

BBC Radio Leeds presenter Adam Pope revealed on his personal Twitter account that Murphy, who has featured just once this season for the senior team, was given the armband by Blunt for a second consecutive match after playing against Bolton.

Murphy was signed by Leeds three years ago from Crewe for around £1million after breaking into the first team, following his development from Dario Gradi’s renowned youth system.

However, he has featured just once against Luton Town in the EFL Cup. Similarly, Frenchman Diagouraga has also featured once under the former Swansea boss, but has since been frozen out after his display in Leeds’ 3-0 loss to QPR.

The duo are at the bottom of the first-team pecking order for a spot in Monk’s midfield, with the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Ronaldo Vieira, captain Liam Bridcutt and new signing Eunan O’Kane currently above them.

Along with goalkeeper Ross Turnbull, the midfielders have even been omitted from Leeds’ official matchday programme.

Nevertheless, they are still looking to impress Monk by impressing for Leeds Under-23s in a bid to win a place back in the senior team.

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