Monk destroys Kermorgant-Leeds claim ahead of Reading clash
By Will Butcher
Garry Monk has rubbished Yann Kermogrant’s claim that Leeds do not have a “Plan B” and would suffer without top scorer Chris Wood.
Kermorgant, 35, is expected to feature for Reading in Saturday’s promotion showdown at the Madjeski Stadium, as both sides look to win in order to consolidate their place in the top six.
However, Leeds boss Monk hit back at the target man’s claims, stating that Wood was withdrawn in the first half before his side strolled to a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture.
“In the win against them (Reading), Chris came off after 30 minutes. We extended our lead,” Monk was quoted as saying by Yorkshire Evening Post’s Lee Sobot on his Twitter account.
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Monk on Kermorgant comments: "In the win against them (Reading), Chris came off after 30 minutes. We extended our lead." #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) March 30, 2017
Leeds secured all three points against Jaap Stam’s side back in December thanks to a Wood penalty, as well as a late Souleymane Doukara strike.
Striker Wood has been in sublime form for the Yorkshire giants, scoring 24 Championship goals this season to sit at the top of England’s second division goalscoring rankings.
However, the former Leicester striker has returned from international duty with a knock to his calf and remains a minor doubt for Saturday’s clash in Berkshire.
Three points for Monk’s side will see them move to within touching distance of claiming a play-off spot, as they remain in fourth place and eight points above seventh placed Fulham.
A repeat of the reverse fixture could also see Leeds climb to third, if Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield lose to Burton Albion on Saturday.
In other Leeds news, this striker has revealed that terms have been agreed on a contract extension.