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Garry Monk calls Leeds United's Charlie Taylor a freak of nature

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor has been out injured since December.

Garry Monk has admitted to BBC Radio Leeds that Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor is a ‘freak of nature’.

Taylor has been out since the middle of December with an Achilles problem, but he is set to return to training soon.

And Monk does not expect that 22-year-old’s fitness to have been affected by his injury struggles.

“Yeah, basically I could have cut that questioned down and answered it like that,” Monk joked, when asked whether he would call Taylor a freak of nature.

“Whether that lasts all his career, when he gets a bit older… Of course, he works at his fitness as well, but he has a natural ability to be fit.

Leeds manager Garry Monk

“He’s the type that could go through the summer without any training and come back for pre-season and he’s ready to go. We’re hoping that’s the case, unless he’s aged! He’s lucky in that sense.”

Taylor is expected to miss Leeds’ match this weekend against Ipswich Town, but he will return to training next week.

The left-back’s return is good news for Leeds, as he plays such an important role for Monk’s side.

Taylor is widely recognised as one of Leeds’ most talented players, and his inclusion will strengthen the Whites’ defence, as they aim for promotion.

Leeds are currently in fifth place in the Championship table, and have built up a six point cushion inside the play off spots.

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor (R) in action against Blackburn Rovers' Martin Samuelsen

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