By Harry Sykes

Charlie Taylor will be absent for a 10th consecutive match when Leeds make the short journey to Huddersfield for Sunday’s Championship showdown.

The first choice left-back will once again be on the sidelines as he continues his rehabilitation from the achilles problem that has kept him out since 17 December.

Manager Garry Monk told the club’s official Twitter account on Friday afternoon that Taylor “is still not ready” to return to action.

But Monk did report that new signings Alfonso Pedraza and Modou Barrow are available for selection for the first time.

The loan duo, who arrived on deadline day from Villarreal and Swansea respectively, were not registered in time to make their debuts for Wednesday’s clash against Blackburn.

The loss of Taylor for another fixture is a blow to Leeds, especially as Huddersfield are also flying high in the Championship and will be the home team on Sunday.

Garry Monk’s side are fourth in the table after accumulating 54 points from 29 matches, while Huddersfield’s 28 games have yielded 52 points.

Leeds bounced back from their FA Cup humiliation to win their seventh league match out of nine on Wednesday night when they beat Blackburn 2-1 at Ewood Park.

The absence of Taylor means that Monk is likely to once again use Gaetano Berardi as a makeshift left-back, a role he has filled impressively for a period of six weeks while the Elland Road academy product has been sidelined.

Taylor has missed the last nine matches after breaking down during Leeds’ pre-Christmas win against Brentford on 17 December.

In other Leeds team news, the club came within a whisker of signing this forward on deadline day.

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