Leeds blow as injured duo ruled out of clash against QPR
By Alex Stevens
Leeds defenders Tyler Denton and Lewie Coyle have been ruled out of the team’s Championship clash against QPR on Saturday.
Manager Garry Monk reported a clean bill of health for his squad on Thursday afternoon bar the youthful full-back pairing.
Denton, 21, recently underwent knee surgery and his fellow Elland Road academy product Coyle, 21, is still out with the injury that has sidelined him since early February.
Manager Garry Monk revealed on Thursday afternoon, as cited by the personal Twitter account of BBC journalist Adam Pope, that the pair “are a few weeks away from a return”.
GM says Denton and Coyle are a few weeks away from a return. O’Kane is fine and left out for tactical reasons.
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) March 9, 2017
— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 9, 2017
Coyle has made nine appearances for Leeds this season despite missing nearly three months with ankle ligament damage.
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He was a regular member of the matchday when he returned to fitness before breaking down for the second time in what has been a stop-start campaign for the youngster.
Denton has played in three matches for the Yorkshire giants this season but is behind Charlie Taylor and Gaetano Berardi in the left-back pecking order.
Meanwhile, Chris Wood and Luke Ayling are available for selection against QPR after missing the midweek drew at Fulham.
Wood’s importance to Monk’s side is exemplified by the fact that he has scored 20 goals more than any of his teammates.
The 25-year-old will almost certainly lead the line against 14th-placed QPR on Saturday afternoon if he is deemed to have overcome what Monk claimed was a minor calf problem.