Garry Monk comments on first Leeds team selection, and perfect outcome

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Leeds United boss Garry Monk says nothing should be read into his first team selection.

Swansea manager Garry MonkLeeds manager Garry Monk

Leeds United have announced their team for their first pre-season friendly as they take on Shelbourne in Ireland.

The game kicks off at 7pm, with more than 2,000 Leeds fans making the trip over for the game.

The starting line-up saw midfielder Toumani Diagouraga picked at centre-back due to injuries, with right-back Gaetano Berardi also sidelined.

The starting Leeds XI is: Turnbull, Coyle, Bartley, Diagouraga, Denton, Phillips, Murphy, Mowatt, Sacko, Roofe, Doukara.

Leeds United's Souleymane Doukara (C) celebrates after scoring their second goalLeeds United's Souleymane Doukara starts

On the bench, with the team expected to be entirely changed after 60 minutes, are: Peacock-Farrell, Purver, McKay, Bamba, Taylor, Vieira, Grimes, Botaka, Stokes, Antonsson, Wood.

Speaking to LUTV, head coach Garry Monk said this was purely an exercise to get the team up to match ftiness, and nothing should be read into the team selection.

The team was split so that there are senior players in both XI's, and the teams could well be switched around so that the second eleven will start at the weekend against Shamrock Rovers, potentially with Cooper and Berardi back involved.

He said: "It's very much for that physical work, for the group to get minutes on the pitch. Of course there's things we are hoping to see tactically, but mostly it's about the physical work.

He added that he was also keen to see all the players come through the fixture unscathed. He said: "That would be the most perfect situation. We are here to win the game, to work on things we need to do, and if we can avoid any injuries that's always perfect.

Swansea City manager Garry MonkSwansea City manager Garry Monk

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