By Alex Stevens
Charlie Taylor and Liam Cooper have been ruled out of Leeds’ Championship clash against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.
The senior duo are once again absent as Garry Monk’s side aim to return to winning ways following their defeat to Barnsley last weekend.
Taylor will be absent for a seventh consecutive match with an achilles problem while Cooper is unavailable for a third successive fixture.
However Monk revealed that he can call upon fit-again Hadi Sacko and Pontus Jansson, who has served a two-match suspension after racking up 10 bookings.
Manager Garry Monk revealed at the pre-match media conference on Tuesday evening that he will not be able to call upon his first-choice defence against Forest at Elland Road.
The official Leeds Twitter account quoted Monk as saying Taylor, 23, and Cooper, 25, “will be unavailable”.
? @GarryMonk “Hadi Sacko is back in contention, along with Pontus Jansson, Charlie Taylor and Liam Cooper will be unavailable”
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 24, 2017
The double blow means that Monk is likely to once again use Gaetano Berardi as a makeshift left-back, a role he has filled impressively for a period of over a month while Taylor has been sidelined.
The return of Jansson to partner Kyle Bartley in central defence will allow Luke Ayling to revert back to right-back after filling in for the Swedish talisman in the last two matches.
Taylor has missed the last seven matches after breaking down during Leeds’ pre-Christmas win against Brentford on 17 December.
It was initially expected to be a minor problem but the academy product has now been absent for over five weeks.
In other Leeds team news, the club are closing in on a landmark new signing that will cost them over £3million.