Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Norwich: Monk to give attacker a chance in Dallas absence
By Will Butcher
Garry Monk is expected to give in-form attacker Kemar Roofe another chance to stake his claim in Leeds’ starting 11 against Norwich.
Northern Ireland winger Stuart Dallas has been ruled out by Monk, as he continues his struggle to overcome a calf injury picked up on international duty in October.
With Roofe’s impressive performance against Wolves still fresh in the mind of Monk, the £3million summer signing is expected to start on the left flank in front of in-demand academy product Charlie Taylor.
Roofe’s inclusion is the only place in the side that is up for discussion, as former Swansea boss Monk is set to name an unchanged side to face Norwich after beating Burton 2-0 at Elland Road.
In-form goalkeeper Marco Silvestri is set to remain on the bench despite his heroics against the Canaries two weeks ago in the EFL Cup fourth round that saw Leeds secure a penalty shootout win.
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One-time Switzerland international Gaetano Berardi has returned from injury but Monk is expected to choose Luke Ayling at right back after an impressive start to life in Yorkshire.
Goalscorer Souleymane Doukara, whose heroic cameo role provided Leeds with a penalty against Burton in the 82nd minute before the Senegalese striker converted a chance of his own, is also expected to feature from the bench.
Captain Liam Bridcutt remains sidelined with a broken foot, after failing to appear since being substituted against Blackburn in September.
A win against Alex Neil’s high flying Norwich could see Leeds move into the Championship’s top six, as they sit one point away from Lee Johnson’s sixth placed Bristol City.
In other Leeds team news, Rob Green has revealed his admiration for Pontus Jansson.