By Wayne Veysey

30th Mar, 2017 | 8:34pm

Leeds blow as defender ruled out for three weeks - report

By Alex Stevens

Leeds defender Tyler Denton has been ruled out for another three weeks with a knee injury, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the left-back will be sidelined until the latter half of April after undergoing surgery in February.

Manager Garry Monk reported a clean bill of health for his squad on Thursday afternoon bar Denton, 21, who continues his rehabilitation from ligament damage.

The defender is the only injured member of the first-team squad ahead of their Championship clash against Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

Monk will also be unable to call upon mainstay Luke Ayling, who will serve the second and final match of a suspension for accumulating 10 bookings.

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Lewie Coyle has returned to fitness after his second lengthy injury absence of the campaign, while Monk is confident of being able to call upon main man Chris Wood, who returned early from international duty after suffering a minor knock.

Denton’s absence is a blow as he had been in the matchday squad for five consecutive matches in January while Charlie Taylor was injured.

Denton has played in three matches for Leeds this season after graduating from the club’s academy, but is behind Taylor and Gaetano Berardi in the left-back pecking order.

Monk’s team are fourth in the division ahead of the weekend, with a haul of 69 points from 38 matches as they to nail down a top-six finish that will secure a place in the end-of-season play-offs.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.

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