By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk has hailed Charlie Taylor for returning in “great condition” after his lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The Leeds left-back has been out injured since breaking down with an achilles problem in the team’s 2-1 win against Brentford on 17 December.
He is on the comeback trail after returning to training at the start of this week but Monk has said the defender is not yet ready to play in the intensity of a Championship derby as the Yorkshire giants prepare to host rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on Saturday.
There are fears Taylor will take a long time to get back up to speed but Monk explained why he was impressed that Taylor had ben able to hit the ground running in training after his two-month absence.
“I knew Charlie would come back in in great condition, like we have talked about before with Charlie,” said Monk, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“He has been back out this week, he has looked very fit, he has looked good.
“But I think this game is too soon for him to be involved. He will have a bit more of a period to prepare himself and get himself ready but very, very soon I am sure he will be available for selection and be able to come into the squad.”
Gaetano Berardi has deputised for Taylor at left-back during the first choice’s two-month absence and is set to once again fill in during Saturday lunchtime’s eagerly anticipated encounter.
Wednesday will arrive at Elland Road aiming to get their promotion bid back on track after losing at home against Brentford in midweek.
Carlos Carvalhal’s side are level on points with Leeds, but the former Champions League club have a superior goal difference.