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Leeds United boss Garry Monk admits he's disappointed about Charlie Taylor's fitness

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor

Leeds United are set to be without Charlie Taylor on Friday evening, when they take on Derby County.

Garry Monk has admitted to the Yorkshire Evening Post that he is disappointed that Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor will not be fit to face Derby County.

Taylor has been out since just before Christmas with injury, but there were hopes he would be back in the squad to face Derby.

Monk had suggested that Taylor may have made it back in time for this clash, when asked about the 22-year-old’s fitness earlier this month.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk before the match

However, Taylor is still struggling with his Achilles, and Monk admits that it is a blow to not have the left-back available.

“Charlie won’t be [fit for Derby]," the Whites boss said. “It’s difficult because it’s a day-to-day process.

“It’s an Achilles injury and it’s more down to soreness than the actual injury and it’s down to that daily process of monitoring Charlie and seeing when it can fully heal because there’s no point in risking a player to come back for a game and that might risk him being out for a longer period.

“He’s not ready for this game and that’s disappointing because we all want to see Charlie and we all want to see players out on the pitch.”

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum in action with Leeds' Charlie Taylor

Taylor’s injury has not come at a good time for Leeds, as they are short of cover in defence.

Leeds may have to name a very makeshift back line against Derby, with Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper and Taylor all potentially out.

Gaetano Berardi has been covering for Taylor in his absence, but the Swiss defender is more comfortable on the right hand side of defence.

Leeds are currently in fifth place in the Championship table, and could move up to third if they beat Derby.

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