Major Leeds blow as key player ruled out of clash against Sheffield Wednesday

By Alex Stevens

Charlie Taylor has been ruled out of Leeds’ Championship showdown against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Manager Garry Monk revealed on Thursday afternoon that the Yorkshire derby “will come too soon” for the left-back after two months on the sidelines with an achilles injury.

Monk explained, as quoted by the official Leeds Twitter account, that Taylor is “back out on the pitches” and training with the squad but is not yet ready for the intensity of a key Championship encounter.

The absence of Taylor is a major blow for Leeds, as the 23-year-old is considered one of the outstanding players in his position in the league.

He was reportedly the subject of £7million offers from three Premier League clubs in the January transfer window but Leeds snubbed the interest as they aim to secure promotion to the top flight.

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Monk’s side are fifth in the league ahead of Saturday’s clash at Elland Road against Wednesday, who are sixth and equal on points with their big rivals.

Taylor broke down in Leeds’ 2-1 win over Brentford on 17 December and reserve right-back Gaetano Berardi has stepped in to replace the senior left-back and the club’s 2015-16 player of the year.

Taylor is on the comeback trail after returning to first-team training on Tuesday but he is set to have to wait at least another week for his long-awaited return.

In other Leeds news, the club are eying a stunning triple transfer swoop as three players headed into the training ground.

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