The Leeds United boss has been reflecting on recent absences.
The Whites have a number of injury concerns at the moment, with Pablo Hernandez and Liam Bridcutt already ruled out and Eunan O’Kane and Liam Cooper joining them on the side-lines.
With Pontus Jansson’s illness ruling him out of the recent EFL Cup clash with Liverpool, Monk will not want any more setbacks as he bids to keep his side in the play-off places ahead of the busy festive period.
Speaking to the YEP, the Leeds boss said, “I don’t think anything’s too serious and we can’t afford many injuries. We’ve got a thin squad as it is.
“Jansson was ill over the weekend and we’re very thin on the ground but whoever goes out on the pitch, I know they are going to give spirit and quality.”
The Swedish defender is expected back for the match against Aston Villa on Saturday, but Monk’s comments make for interesting reading.
In many ways Leeds have their strongest squad for years, especially when you consider how they have been able to cope in the absence of Bridcutt, Hernandez and Stuart Dallas to name just three.
But Monk will not want to miss out on promotion simply because his squad is not big enough and with January just around the corner, it would be no surprise if he sought to strengthen to avoid any regrets come May.