Leeds United v Barnsley: Monk expects a response in Tykes derby

Garry Monk.
Garry Monk.
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Garry Monk backed Leeds United to recover immediately from the end of their winning streak as he waited on news of injuries to Liam Bridcutt and Pontus Jansson.

United’s head coach is expected to clarify the fitness of both players today after sending Bridcutt for a scan on his injured foot and seeing Jansson limp out of a 1-0 loss to Bristol City on Tuesday.

The defeat at Ashton Gate brought the club’s impressive run of four straight victories to a halt but Monk, who praised the performance of his side, was left with greater concern about the availability of two key players.

Bridcutt, Leeds’ club captain, has missed the past four matches with an injury which Leeds initially diagnosed as a swollen foot.

He was expected to return to full fitness last week but his failure to make Monk’s squads for meetings with Ipswich Town and Bristol City saw him travel to London for a fresh medical assessment on Tuesday.

Jansson, meanwhile, is nursing the hamstring strain which forced him off at half-time of the defeat at Ashton Gate but Monk received better news about fellow absentees Ronaldo Vieira and Gaetano Berardi.

Vieira made the trip to Bristol City without making Monk’s 18 but United’s boss said the teenage midfielder would be fit for Saturday’s Yorkshire derby against Barnsley at Elland Road.

Berardi, meanwhile, declared himself fully recovered from a hamstring strain after making a 45-minute appearance for Leeds’ Under-23s on Monday.

Monk is weighing up his options ahead of the last league match before the season’s second international break – and a key fixture in the aftermath of Tuesday’s loss.

“We’re competing in every game now and we have to bounce back,” Monk said. “We win and lose together and we’ve got a really important game at the weekend.

“We want that winning feeling we’ve had recently and we want to get another run going.

“We’ve shown before that we can bounce back from a disappointment before and we’ll do it again at the weekend.

“We have to make sure we finish this run of games off with a good performance going into the international break.

“The positives we keep showing in each game and the way we’re playing means we’ll easily pick up results in this league.”