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Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Blackburn: Monk to make five changes

By Will Butcher

Garry Monk is expected to give a handful of fringe players a chance to impress against Blackburn in the third round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

Leeds are set to welcome Owen Coyle’s side to Elland Road for a second time in a week, after the Yorkshire giants secured a 2-1 win against Blackburn in the Championship last Tuesday.

Captain Liam Bridcutt is expected to return to the side after recovering from a foot injury that forced him to miss Saturday’s 2-0 win over Cardiff. He could replace youngster Ronaldo Vieira.

Elsewhere, Liam Cooper is expected to be given a chance at centre-back in order to give Pontus Jansson a rest after the Sweden international’s superb performance against Cardiff.

Marco Silvestri could also be given his second appearance between the sticks for Leeds this season, after ex-England international Rob Green displaced the Italian stopper as the regular No1.

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Attacking duo Alex Mowatt and Marcus Antonsson could also be thrown in to the attack, with Chris Wood and Pablo Hernandez kept fresh for Saturday’s home match against Ipswich.

Long-term absentee Gaetano Berardi is unlikely to return to the side in time, despite saying that he was just 10 days away from fitness two weeks ago.

That means Luke Ayling could keep his place, as will Charlie Taylor and wingers Hadi Sacko and Stuart Dallas.

Blackburn will be in better spirits than a week ago, after a 4-2 win against Rotherham secured their first league win of the season whereas Leeds will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce.

In other Leeds news, the Yorkshire giants have pleaded guilty to a bung in the sale of Ross McCormack.