COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Leeds were issued a major boost ahead of Tuesday’s league clash against Reading when key midfielder Danny Williams was shown a straight red card in the 5-0 defeat against Fulham two weekends ago.
The 27-year-old will serve the second of his three match ban against Garry Monk’s side when the two teams go head-to-head in Tuesday evening’s Championship fixture.
Williams was shown a straight red card by referee Oliver Langford early in the second-half of the defeat against Fulham after clashing with Stefan Johansen.
The USA international has been a key member of the Reading squad this season and has notched up three goals and made 18 league appearances so far.
Reading lack squad depth in midfield and there are no stand-out players who represent a like-for-like replacement for Williams so the Royals will have to change their approach to the game slightly, like they did against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Liam Kelly, Roy Beerens, Garath McCleary and Sandro Wieser are all potential options but Beerens scored two goals on the wing for Reading in their 2-1 victory against Sheffield Wednesday so it’s unlikely he’ll move positions.
The Royals currently sit in third position, five points ahead of Leeds in the Championship table but Monk’s side, who are in sixth place have been in equally good form.
They come off the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Brighton and will be eager to bounce back with a victory.
In other Leeds news, Rob Green has delivered this update on his future at the club.