By Dominic Toner
Garry Monk has revealed that Leeds defender Lewie Coyle will miss the game against Sheffield Wednesday.
Monk explained that the 21-year-old Elland Road academy product has been ruled out of the Yorkshire derby with a “foot injury”, as cited by the club’s official Twitter account.
Coyle is regarded as a fringe player in the Leeds squad, but he will be unavailable for selection at the weekend.
???? @GarryMonk "Lewie Coyle has picked up a foot injury, but everyone else will be available"
— Leeds United (@LUFC) February 23, 2017
The two teams will meet at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon in the Championship as fifth play sixth in the league, with Leeds only higher on goal difference.
Garry Monk’s side are hopeful of consolidating their place in the play-off positions and will be wary of the chasing teams Fulham and Norwich.
Leeds recorded a 1-1 draw with Ipswich in their game and will be desperate to return to winning ways.
They earned a 2-0 away victory in the previous meeting with Wednesday this season, but Carlos Carvalhal’s side have won four of their previous five league games.
Monk is set to name a similar starting XI against Wednesday and Coyle would have been unlikely to dislodge Luke Ayling from the right-back position.
Coyle is a product of the club’s academy and has made inroads into the first-team this season.
The defender has made nine senior appearances across all competitions and will hope to gain more minutes when he returns from his foot injury.
In other Leeds team news, the club’s key player has been ruled out against Sheffield Wednesday.