Steve Evans confirms Charlie Taylor's first game back after illness should be v Neil Redfearn's Rotherham United

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The left-back is currently sidelined with a mystery illness.

Leeds United's youngsters have made a lot of the headlines in recent months as the shining light at Elland Road.

Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Sam Byram are all excellent talents with a big future in the game. Some however would like to argue that the best of the bunch is Charlie Taylor.

The left-back has proven himself to be one of the hottest talents in the Football League, even when asked to play on the left-wing by Neil Redfearn last season.

He has not featured for Leeds since the game with Birmingham City at the start of the month. He pulled out of the next game with Brighton the day before and has missed both of Steve Evans' opening two fixtures with a mystery virus.

Evans has now confirmed that Taylor will not play again until after the international break in November, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post:

“Charlie Taylor will be back post international break – that’s the plan and medically we are probably talking a couple of weeks.

“He is just an outstanding footballer that every manager and coach would love to work with and every day he is not out there we miss him.”

That means the next game Taylor may feature in would be the crunch Yorkshire derby v Rotherham United - a game with added spice since the appointment of Neil Redfearn at the New York Stadium.

The reason behind his long recovery from the virus has something to do with his spleen, as confirmed by Evans earlier in the month. Through amateur detection it would be fair to hypothesise something like glandular fever as being the reason behind his absence.

If so than Leeds have done well to give him the time and space necessary to recover from his illness and hopefully he will be back in action against his former boss on the 21st.

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