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Garry Monk addresses whether Leeds pair will be ready to make pre-season bow against Shamrock Rovers

Nouha Dicko of Wolverhampton Wanderers (C) in action with Gaetano Berardi (L) and Liam Cooper of Leeds United

Sadly, the news from the United boss was not positive.

Nouha Dicko of Wolverhampton Wanderers (C) in action with Gaetano Berardi (L) and Liam Cooper of Leeds UnitedLeeds United pair Gaetano Berardi and Liam Cooper

Garry Monk has confirmed that both Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi will not feature in Leeds' clash with Shamrock Rovers on Saturday as he takes a precautionary approach to their respective comebacks from injury, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

The pair missed the win against Shelbourne on Wednesday, with the club's official Twitter account confirming that Cooper was suffering with a slight muscle injury, while the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Berardi missed the end of last season due to an ankle ligament problem.

Jeremy Helan of Sheffield Wednesday in action with Gaetano Berardi of Leeds UnitedGaetano Berardi in action against Sheffield Wednesday

And Monk has confirmed that neither will be risked against the Hoops this weekend, but assured supporters that they will be knocking on the door for the Guiseley clash next Friday.

"It's just slight injuries, more precautionary than anything. They're not fit enough to play in the games and they're not training at the moment but they're not too serious and they'll hopefully be back in a few days," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Leeds' Liam Cooper (R) and Charlie Taylor celebrate at the final whistleLiam Cooper

Although Monk is confident that both men will be back for the final three friendlies before the season gets underway, he would have surely been hoping to have had the two men available for as much of pre-season as possible.

The Whites' biggest weakness last season was their defence, so that would have arguably been the area that Monk would have wanted to spend extra time working on. And with the side's lack of depth at the back meaning that Berardi and Cooper are likely to be regular members of the starting line-up next term, their time on the sidelines will make Monk's task of ironing out any problems slightly more difficult.

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