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Major blow as key man sidelined for Leeds clash against Birmingham - reliable journalist

By Amir Mir

Leeds have been dealt a major blow as manager Garry Monk will watch from the stands for their clash against Birmingham on Friday night, according to a reliable journalist.

Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay stated on his personal Twitter account that Monk has been banned for one game and fined £3,000 by the Football Association after admitting a charge of improper conduct.

This follows Monk’s altercation with Huddersfield manager David Wagner moments after their Yorkshire rivals had scored the winning goal during their Championship game on February 5.

The duo clashed in Monk’s technical area and the referee sent them to stands with the Terriers going on to win the match 2-1.

Monk has been the inspiration behind Leeds’ stunning transformation from mid-table mediocrities last season to promotion candidates on a shoestring budget.

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Now, he will be sidelined as the Whites aim to build on their 1-0 win against rivals Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday.

Striker Chris Wood scored the only goal of that game as a second-half penalty save from Rob Green saw the Elland Road club secure a much-needed three points.

Now, they will take on Gianfranco’s struggling Blues, who have picked up only two wins in the 15 games since the Italian has been in charge of since December.

During their last match, Zola’s side recorded a much-needed win against Midlands rivals Wolves.

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