BBC journalist: This is reason why Vieira absent from Leeds squad for Wolves clash
By Harry Sykes
Ronaldo Vieira is absent from the Leeds squad for their Championship clash against Wolves on Monday afternoon due to illness, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC Leeds correspondent Adam Pope took to Twitter to deliver a Vieira update shortly after Garry Monk’s starting XI was announced for the Bank Holiday clash at Elland Road.
Monk named an unchanged side three days after Leeds secured a 1-1 draw against Newcastle at St James’ Park.
Vieira was an unused substitute at Newcastle and the manager subsequently explained he had not been in the team because of illness.
Pope reported on his personal Twitter account on Monday that the central midfielder is not in the matchday 18 for the home fixture against Wolves because he “is still ill”.
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Confirmed to me that Vieira is still ill so misses out. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) April 17, 2017
Vieira, 18, has made a huge impact for Leeds this season after graduating from the club’s academy to nail down a regular place for the first team.
The teenager has made 35 appearances in all competitions, which have included 21 league starts.
He has made such progress under Monk and his coaching staff that Toumani Diagouragi and Luke Murphy left Leeds on loan during the January transfer window, while Alex Mowatt joined Barnsley on a permanent deal.
Leeds are still vying for a play-off spot this season, while Wolves are sat in mid-table and don’t have much left to play for.
Paul Lambert is also without his talisman Helder Costa due to injury and the Whites will be looking to consolidate their place in the play-off positions.