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6th Apr, 2017 | 1:04pm

Garry Monk delivers injury update on Leeds 21-year-old

By Matt Farr

Leeds manager Garry Monk has confirmed full-back Tyler Denton is still several weeks away from a return.

The 21-year-old has been sidelined with a knee injury for a prolonged period, and had an operation on the injury last month which has seen his potential return date pushed back.

But Monk has revealed he could be back at his disposal in a few more weeks, despite having spent much of the campaign on the fringes of the first team squad.

As quoted by the club’s official Twitter account on Thursday, Monk said: “There are no fresh injury worries, we just have Tyler Denton unavailable. He will be out for a few more weeks.”

Denton has appeared just three times for Monk’s Leeds side this season, but has yet to feature for the club in the Championship.

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He has though, been named in six of Leeds’ matchday squads in the competition, only to remain an unused substitute on each occasion.

But the youngster is still valued highly by Monk, and opportunities could become more readily available next season as the uncertainty over the future of Charlie Taylor grows.

His positional rival is out of contract at the end of the season, and Denton would be one of just two left-back options available to Monk should he quit this summer.

However, Denton must first focus on his recovery from his knee injury, with a return to action in pre-season looking a more likely prospect than in the first team this term.

In other Leeds news, Preston manager Simon Grayson has fired a warning to Leeds ahead of their clash on Saturday.

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