Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Derby: Striker omitted as Roofe starts
By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk could be forced to change a winning team as Leeds resume their league campaign on Saturday when they travel to Derby.
The Yorkshire giants were one of the Championship’s form sides before the international break as they won four out of five matches in the competition to climb to 11th in the table.
Monk would have hoped to be able to stick with the players who started the 1-0 win over Barnsley 12 days ago.
The likely absence of Dallas could pave the way for Kemar Roofe to return to the starting XI.
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The summer signing from Oxford has had a slow start to his Elland Road but he offers pace, mobility and the potential to score goals from out wide.
But Wood, who has scored seven goals in 13 matches this season, is the first-choice spearhead and is likely to be given every chance to start, which means Marcus Antonsson once again missing out on a striker opportunity.
He is set to once again be replaced by in-form midfielder Kalvin Phillips, after the 21-year-old excelled Bristol City, Ipswich and Barnsley.
Elsewhere, Gaetano Berardi’s return to fitness is almost complete after featuring for Leeds under-23 side.
However, he is unlikely to be thrown in at the deep end, despite current first-choice right-back Luke Ayling being at fault for Bristol City’s winner last month.
A win for Leeds, who are 11th following their fine recent run, could see them move close to the play-off positions.
In other Leeds news, Monk has responded to allegations made against owner Massimo Cellino.