By Matt Farr

Leeds manager Garry Monk has revealed he had no choice but to drop Ronaldo Vieira from his side to face Newcastle on Friday because of illness.

The 18-year-old dropped to the bench in just the one and only change to Leeds’ side for the Championship clash, following their impressive 3-0 win over Preston last time out.

He was replaced in the starting eleven by midfield enforcer Liam Bridcutt, who missed the Preston win with an Achilles injury.

However, Monk insists that Vieira’s omission was as an enforced change, and that the youngster was initially pencilled in to start the game against Newcastle.

Speaking live on Sky Sports 1’s coverage of the clash, Monk said: “Ronnie was due to start last night but he has been suffering with a bit of illness. So he dropped to the bench and Liam came in.

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“We need everyone to be 100 per cent. We want to win games and need our players to be fully fit.”

Vieira has been in fine form for Leeds this season, becoming a key unlikely asset to Monk’s midfield.

The teenager has made 35 appearances in all competitions for the Yorkshire-based club this season, earning 21 Championship starts in what has been his breakthrough season at Elland Road.

He has thrived under Monk’s tutelage this season, and looks a fine future prospect for the club.

In other Leeds news, this is how fans reacted to Vieira’s starting eleven snub.

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