By Alex Stevens

Charlie Taylor will be absent for a seventh consecutive match when Leeds travel to Sutton United for Sunday’s FA Cup clash.

The first choice left-back will once again be absent as he struggles to recover from the achilles problem that has sidelined him since 17 December.

Manager Garry Monk explained ahead of the cup fixture against non-league Sutton that “there is no change” on the fitness of Taylor and “he is still a little bit away” as he has not yet returned to first-team training.

The loss of Taylor for another fixture is a blow to Leeds, especially as the televised clash against Sutton is considered something of a banana skin, especially due to the Surrey club’s 3G astro pitch.

However, centre-back Liam Cooper and winger Hadi Sacko are in contention to play after recovering from injury that has kept them out of three and four matches respectively.

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Monk has admitted he will rotate his squad and give chances to fringe players at Gander Green on Sunday as the club’s priority is maintaining their promotion push.

 

Leeds are flying high in the Championship and won their sixth league match out of eight on Wednesday night when they beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 to climb to third place.

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 over a month while the Elland Road academy product has been sidelined.

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

It was initially expected to be a minor problem but the academy product has now been absent for six weeks.

In other Leeds team news, the club are closing in on a landmark new signing that will cost them over £3million.

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