Shamrock Rovers v Leeds United: Cooper and Berardi to miss out but Green in line to make debut

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Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi will again be absent from Saturday’s friendly against Shamrock Rovers but goalkeeper Rob Green is in line to make his first Leeds United appearance.

All three players were left out of yesterday’s 2-1 win over Shelbourne in Dublin and Cooper and Berardi are not expected to recover from injury in time to line up at the Tallaght Stadium.

Head coach Garry Monk said the omission of both defenders was “precautionary” and they are expected to resume training ahead of next Friday’s game against Guiseley at Nethermoor.

Green, meanwhile, was held back by Monk after linking up with the squad in Ireland late last week.

Monk started Ross Turnbull at Tolka Park – Turnbull’s first game since breaking an ankle in October – and used 19-year-old Bailey Peacock-Farrell to see out the last half-hour.

Green, the former England international who joined United on a free transfer after leaving Queens Park Rangers, is training with the rest of the squad and is set to feature in Saturday’s clash with Shamrock Rovers.

Monk said: “I’ve got a plan for every player, physically and also in terms of Rob joining us a little bit later than the others.

“I just feel he needed another good week of training to be ready for the game at the weekend.”

Cooper was United’s most regular centre-back last season, starting 39 league games, while Berardi came into pre-season on the back of two separate ankle ligament injuries.

Monk said: “It’s just slight injuries, more precautionary than anything. They’re not fit enough to play in the games and they’re not training at the moment but they’re not too serious and they’ll hopefully be back in a few days.”

Meanwhile, Leeds United’s Championship visit to Cardiff City on Saturday, September 17 has been brought forward to a 12.30pm kick-off. The game will be televised on Sky Sports.

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