Monk delivers key Leeds fitness update ahead of Burton clash
By Harvey Byrne
Manager Garry Monk has spoken of how he hopes young midfield starlet Ronaldo Vieira will be in the Leeds squad to face Burton on Saturday.
The 18-year-old remained an unused substitute against Newcastle on Good Friday due to illness and on Monday he failed to make the squad altogether with BBC journalist Adam Pope confirming that he had missed the 1-0 defeat against Wolves for the same reason.
The youngster has however been an ever-present in the Leeds promotion chasing side this season and with the final matches looming Monk has shared how he hopes that Vieira will be in contention for the first team squad to face Burton at the weekend.
“He was ill beforehand at Newcastle and then got a little bit more (sick) afterwards,” said Monk, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post in reference to Vieira.
“The illness has kept him out and we are hoping he will be back ready and in contention for selection for the squad for the weekend.”
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Vieira joined Leeds in September 2015 at the age of 17 and he had to wait until May 2016 to make his senior debut for the club s he came off the bench in a 1-1 draw against Preston.
However, Monk was clearly impressed with what he saw from the midfield enforcer in pre-season and gave him the full 90 minutes in three of the four opening games for Leeds this season.
He has since played in 31 Championship games in total this campaign and with two years left on his current contract fans will be hoping he continues to grow at the club.
In other Leeds news, fans have urged Monk to recall 23-year-old against Burton.