Garry Monk reveals why Rob Green was omitted from Leeds team for friendly win

By Alex Stevens

Rob Green was not fit enough to be involved for Leeds in their pre-season win over Shelbourne on Wednesday night.

Manager Garry Monk revealed that the former England goalkeeper needs another week of fine tuning in training before being ready to play matches.

Leeds beat the Irish side 2-1 in Dublin as Monk fielded one X1 for the first hour of the match and then a second X1 for the final 30 minutes.

Ross Turnbull was in goal for the first part, before he was replaced by Bailey Peacock-Farrell for the closing stages.

Green, who is one of six new players recruited by Monk this summer after arriving on a free transfer from QPR, was in attendance at Tolka Park but watched the match from the stands.

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“I have a plan for every player in terms of physically and pre-season,” Monk told the official Leeds website. “Rob joined us a little bit later than the others and I just feel he needs another week’s training and be ready to go from there.”

Green was not the only senior player who missed out, as Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi were also sidelined through minor injuries.

In other Leeds news, a prize asset quit the club after being offered a deal that lifted his wages by five times to £30,000-a-week.