Leeds United pair at risk of missing vital Sheffield Wednesday clash - should Monk shuffle his pack?

Leeds United's manager Garry Monk

Fifth-place Leeds United host sixth-place Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship next weekend.

Lee Tomlin of Bristol City (L) and Luke Ayling of Leeds United in action

The yellow card shown to Luke Ayling in Leeds United's 2-1 win against Bristol City on Tuesday leaves the defender on nine for the campaign, along with teammate and close pal Kyle Bartley.

And another caution in any of the Whites' next five fixtures would ensure the pair get to spend even more time in each other's company, only out of Garry Monk's side.

10 bookings for any Football league player before the second Sunday in March (which falls the day after Leeds' visit of Queens Park Rangers) carries an automatic two-match suspension - a dilemma Monk is sure to be wary of with Sheffield Wednesday the Whites' next opponents-but-one.

Although currently higher in the table, Leeds could go into next weekend's clash below the Owls regardless of the Whites' result at Ipswich Town, thanks to Carlos Carvalhal's side's game-in-hand on their Yorkshire rivals. And that only increases Leeds' need to win at Portman Road - a likely outcome on paper.

But is it likely enough for Monk to take a precaution such as resting two of his key defenders? We'll have to wait and see.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk before the match

And whether or not he does could reveal how highly the Leeds boss rates understudies Lewie Coyle and Liam Cooper.

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