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29th Dec, 2016 | 6:45pm

Confirmed Leeds line-up v Aston Villa: 25-year-old omitted in one change

By Harvey Byrne

Leeds have made one change to their starting XI against Aston Villa the Championship clash on Thursday evening.

Manager Garry Monk has been forced to bring Liam Cooper back into his team’s defence with 25-year-old on loan star Kyle Bartley missing the clash through injury.

Leeds announced their team on their official Twitter account ahead of the encounter at Villa Park.

Leeds have won five of their last six matches in the Championship, leaving them in fifth place in the table.

The Yorkshire giants are currently sat in the play-offs with two points separating them from Derby in seventh.

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By contrast, Villa are currently placed down in 10th after a poor start to their season under former boss Roberto Di Matteo.

Steve Bruce has tried to turnaround the club’s fortunes and he has led the team to three wins from their last four matches.

The Championship giants have already met this campaign at Elland Road with goals from Chris Wood and Kemar Roofe helping Leeds to a 2-0 victory.

It is now set-up to be an enthralling encounter at Villa Park, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 1 from 7.45pm.

In other Leeds team news, this first-team ace is set to make a comeback against Rotherham.