By Wayne Veysey

19th Jan, 2017 | 12:19pm

Triple Leeds blow: Senior duo to miss clash against Barnsley, 25-year-old touch and go

By Alex Stevens

Charlie Taylor will be absent for a sixth consecutive match when Leeds travel to Barnsley for Saturday’s Championship clash.

Manager Garry Monk revealed at the pre-match media conference on Thursday afternoon that the left-back has still not recovered from the achilles problem that has sidelined him for the last month.

Leeds will also be without the suspended Pontus Jansson as he serves the second match of a two-game ban, while Monk revealed that a third senior defender in Liam Cooper is struggling to make it in time for the match at Oakwell.

The official Leeds Twitter account quoted Monk as saying Taylor “is still unavailable” and Cooper, 25, “will be touch and go for Saturday”.

The triple blow means that Monk could have to field a makeshift back line for the second consecutive league match.

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Lewie Coyle and Gaetano Berardi filled in at full-back in the 1-0 win over Derby last Friday, while regular right-back Luke Ayling partner central defensive mainstay Kyle Bartley.

The new-look back line worked wonders at Elland Road but Monk admitted afterwards that he was looking forward to his senior operators returning.

Taylor has missed the last five matches after breaking down during Leeds’ pre-Christmas win against Brentford on 17 December.

It was initially expected to be a minor problem but the left-back, 23, has now been absent for over a month.

In other Leeds news, Monk has made a shock transfer revelation after meeting with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.

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