Confirmed Leeds Under-23s line-up: Senior duo in starting XI
By Alex Stevens
Toumani Diagouraga and Luke Murphy have been named in the Leeds Under-23s team that plays Bolton Wanderers on Wednesday night.
The senior duo have been selected as over-age players in Jason Blunt’s development side after being frozen out of the first-team squad.
But there is no place for Gaetano Berardi, who is working his way back to fitness after recovering from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him since the opening match of the season.
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It emerged last week that Diagouraga, 29, Murphy, 26, and fellow senior man Ross Turnbull, 31, had been struck from the club’s matchday programme squad list.
The central midfield pair have been frozen out by Monk, with captain Liam Bridcutt, Eunan O’Kane, Kalvin Phillips, Ronaldo Vieira and Matt Grimes all ahead of them in the pecking order.
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Diagouraga has failed to feature for the Yorkshire giants since starting in Leeds’ opening game of the season against QPR which ended in a dismal 3-0 defeat.
The former Brentford midfielder has been at Leeds for less than a year after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal at Elland Road back in January, and has made just 20 league and cup appearances for the former Champions League side.
Combative midfielder Murphy has also featured just once under former Swansea boss Monk, despite making 110 appearances for Leeds in three years as well as finding the back of the net seven times.
A product of the famed Crewe Alexandra academy, 26-year-old Murphy was the first player to join Leeds for a fee of more than £1million in eight years when he signed in 2013.
In other Leeds team news, Monk is set to rival Premier League outfit Watford to sign this teenage star.