Liam Cooper's biggest test for Leeds this weekend will be keeping Danny Ward at bay

Leeds United's Liam Cooper

Leeds United and Rotherham United go head-to-head this weekend.

Leeds United's Liam Cooper and Fulham's Cauley Woodrow in action

This weekend Leeds United take on Rotherham United with Whites defender Liam Cooper expected to step in for the suspended Pontus Jansson.

The latter has been nothing short of sensational since arriving on loan at Leeds, but after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season last time out he will not be available for Saturday’s clash.

That leaves third-choice centre-back Liam Cooper as the most likely candidate to pay alongside Kyle Bartley, and the vice-captain’s most important job will be keeping Rotherham’s Danny Ward at bay.

Ward has scored eight goals in 17 league games so far this season and he will be desperate to find another this weekend after drawing blanks against Preston North End and Derby County.

Leeds' Liam Cooper (R) and Charlie Taylor celebrate at the final whistle

Leeds were surging up the table prior to their setback against the Magpies, and their manager Garry Monk will understand the importance of getting another three points on the board as soon as possible.

With Jansson in the side he would have been confident of keeping Ward on a tight leash, but now it is up to Cooper to ensure the striker continues to misfire, playing a vital role for Leeds for as long as they need him.

Rotherham United's Danny Ward (L) in action with Newcastle United's Ciaran Clark

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