Leeds expected 4-2-3-1 v Rotherham: International duo to miss out
By Will Butcher
Pontus Jansson and Pablo Hernandez are expected to miss Leeds’ short trip to Rotherham on Saturday as Garry Monk is forced to change the starting XI.
Sweden international Jansson will serve a one-match ban after picking up his fifth yellow card in just 12 Championship games, after protesting a decision made by the referee during the 2-0 loss to Newcastle on Sunday.
Liam Cooper is likely to replace the Torino loanee, in what will be just his sixth Championship appearance of the season.
One-time Spain international Pablo Hernandez is also set to miss out, as he looks to recover from a hamstring problem.
The injury, which was picked up against Norwich during Leeds’ impressive 3-2 win, sidelined him for the Newcastle match and he is likely to be replaced by Ronaldo Vieira.
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Teenage star Vieira is set to start in central midfield alongside O’Kane, while EFL Young Player of the Month for October winner Kalvin Phillips will move into the number 10 role.
Rob Green’s costly error against the Toon is expected to be overlooked by Monk, despite Italian shot stopper Marco Silvestri waiting in the wings.
Sporting Lisbon loanee Hadi Sacko will also be made to wait by Monk, as he looks to give £3million signing Kemar Roofe every chance to recapture the form that saw him score 26 goals last term.
Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas managed 60 minutes for the development side on Monday, and he could be line for a return to the bench as Souleymane Doukara continues to replace him on the left flank.
Leeds are expected to secure all three points against Kenny Jackett’s Rotherham, who sit eight points adrift at the bottom of the Championship table.
Three points for the Yorkshire giants could see them regain their position in the playoffs, by going as high as fourth if other results go their way.
In other Leeds news, Roofe has revealed which member of the Leeds squad would make a great manager.