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Has Garry Monk backed himself into a corner over Leeds midfielder Luke Murphy?

Leeds' Luke Murphy and Brighton's James Wilson

Has Gary Monk backed himself into a corner over Leeds midfielder Luke Murphy?

Leeds United are looking to bounce back from a tough defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion this week as they take on Reading.

Yet Leeds have a selection problem in midfield, with Kalvin Phillips suspended, and Eunan O'Kane joining Liam Bridcutt by being sidelined with injury.

Leeds' Kalvin Phillips is shown a red card by referee Paul TierneyLeeds' Kalvin Phillips is shown a red card by referee Paul Tierney

This leaves the Whites needing a partner for teenager Ronaldo Vieira in midfield, with loanee Matt Grimes next in line, despite not being picked to start a league game since the opening weekend of the season.

It is not a good situation for Leeds to be in for a big game against a play-off rival, and the frustrating part is, Monk has better options, if he had not sidelined them.

At the start of the season, Monk ostracised experienced first team pair Luke Murphy and Toumani Diagouraga, who have been playing with the under-23 side.

Leeds' Luke Murphy and Brighton's James WilsonLeeds' Luke Murphy and Brighton's James Wilson

Diagouraga had only signed with Leeds in January, while Murphy has been with the club since 2013.

Murphy even captained the club in pre-season, under Garry Monk, and could be an ideal 'experienced head' to put in alongside Ronaldo Vieira for this Reading fixture.

Unfortunately Monk, for all his good work, has backed himself into a corner, and has offered no indication Murphy is in for a recall, perhaps not wanting to look weak by going back on his initial decision.

Murphy may not be the future for Leeds, but practically speaking he might be the better option for them tonight, and is likely not to even make the bench.

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