Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Brentford: Senior duo axed, 25-year-old misses out
By Will Butcher
Leeds are set to go without star defender Pontus Jansson for the third game in a row against Dean Smith’s Brentford on Tuesday night.
Jansson, 25, is currently struggling to overcome a slight hamstring problem that he seemingly picked up while on international duty with Sweden last month.
He will continue to be replaced by Liam Cooper alongside Kyle Bartley, as manager Garry Monk makes two changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Reading on Saturday evening.
Souleymane Doukara, fresh from extending his stay in Yorkshire until the summer of 2018, is expected to start while Luke Ayling returns after a two-match ban.
That will see Doukara come in for Sporting Lisbon loanee Hadi Sacko who was ineffective against Reading, while Gaetano Berardi will be unfortunate to find himself on the bench.
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England international Rob Green remains between the sticks after being unlucky not to save Yann Kermorgant’s effort during the 1-0 loss to Reading at the Madjeski Stadium.
Cooper, who was lucky not to receive a red card for his stamp on Reece Oxford, will start over Jansson with Bartley, while Ayling comes in on the right side of defence.
Last season’s player of the season Charlie Taylor resumes left-back, while fellow academy product Ronaldo Vieira continues his fine form in the middle of the park.
He sits alongside the more experienced Liam Bridcutt, while Spain international Pablo Hernandez will be looking to put a poor run of form behind him against Brentford.
Doukara comes in for Sacko, and although he does not provide as much pace, he can keep things ticking over and possesses a stronger footballing brain.
On the left Spaniard Alfonso Pedraza starts his fifth consecutive game after impressing on the left flank, keeping out Modou Barrow, Stuart Dallas and Kemar Roofe.
Championship top goalscorer Chris Wood remains up front, as he looks to add to his tally of 27 goals in all competitions.