Date: 11th February 2017 at 1:59pm
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By Harry Sykes

Garry Monk has made two changes to the Leeds starting XI for their Championship clash against Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.

Defender Liam Cooper and winger Alfonso Pedraza are named in the team after being substitutes in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield.

The duo replace Pontus Jansson, who is missing through illness, and Souleymane Doukara, who drops down to the substitute’s bench.

Monk has stuck with nine of the starters at the John Smiths Stadium last Sunday, with Ronaldo Vieira keeping his place in central midfield ahead of Eunan O’Kane and Stuart Dallas selected ahead of on-loan Swansea winger Modou Barrow.

Pedraza is handed his full debut and his first appearance at Elland Road after being a second-half replacement for Doukara last weekend.

The Spanish winger is set to start on the left flank and will be hoping to make a big impression after his deadline day move from parent club Villarreal.

Kemar Roofe returns to the squad after missing the Huddersfield match with a rib injury but has to settle for a place on the bench along with the likes of Barrow and O’Kane.

Leeds are fifth in the Championship after accumulating 54 points from 30 matches, while Cardiff’s 30 games have yielded 36 points to put them in 16th.

In other Leeds team news, the club came within a whisker of signing this forward on deadline day.

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