By Alex Stevens

Leeds have made eight changes to their starting XI for Tuesday’s League Cup clash against Norwich to give their regulars a much-needed break, according to a reliable journalist.

Garry Monk has significantly altered his team even though there is the carrot of a place in the quarter-final of the competition.

Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay reported on his personal Twitter account that he could understand fans’ “frustration with the team” but explained that Monk “has to find a window” to give regulars such as Charlie Taylor, Luke Ayling and Chris Wood a break.

Taylor has completed the full 90 minutes in each of Leeds’ 14 Championship fixtures this season, while Ayling and Wood have also had hectic schedules.

Gaetano Berardi starts his first match since the opening day of the season after recovering from a hamstring injury, while there are also recalls for Marco Silvestri in goal, defenders Liam Cooper and Lewie Coyle, central midfielder Matt Grimes, playmaker Alex Mowatt and strikers Marcus Antonsson and Souleymane Doukara.

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Monk has named a strong bench made up of first-team regulars Taylor, Ayling, Wood, Rob Green, Eunan O’Kane, Hadi Sacko and Kalvin Phillips, who all started against Wolves on Saturday.

Leeds have won six of their last nine matches in all competitions, including five out of eight league encounters, and Saturday’s win over Wolves lifted them to within three points of the play-off positions.

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