By Sean Fisher

19th Dec, 2022 | 12:10pm

Leeds United predicted XI v Monaco: Tyler Adams and Diego Llorente return as Mateusz Klich drops to bench

Leeds United are preparing for their final friendly of the winter break against Monaco on Wednesday 21 December, a week before their Premier League return.

It’s less than 10 days until the Whites are back in Premier League action. But before we turn our full attention to the visit from Manchester City on 28 December, Jesse Marsch’s side faces Monaco at Elland Road on Wednesday night.

After beating both Elche and Real Sociedad earlier this month, Marsch will hope to see his side make it three from three in the December mid-season break.

We predict three changes to the Real Sociedad lineup, with Diego Llorente, Tyler Adams and Jack Harrison coming in for Luke Ayling, Adam Forshaw and Mateusz Klich.

Rodrigo retains his spot at striker after Phil Hay confirmed this week that assistant manager Rene Maric was “unable to say” when Patrick Bamford would be back from his groin surgery. He remains a doubt to feature against either Monaco or Manchester City.

Aaronson returns to a central role ahead of Klich, who continues to be linked with a move to MLS outfit D.C. United in January [MLSsoccer]. Aaronson’s transition opens up space out wide for Harrison to start on the right. He missed out against Real Sociedad due to a late withdrawal, but Maric confirmed it was only a precautionary change.

Gnonto was the man who replaced Harrison late on against Sociedad and he is tipped to keep his spot in the side against Monaco after impressing.

Adams is also back in the lineup for the first time since his incredible World Cup campaign as USA captain. The 23-year-old played every minute for his nation in Qatar and he has slotted back in, likely for 45 minutes before Forshaw comes in ahead of the American being suspended for the City game.

Pascal Struijk, Liam Cooper and Rasmus Kristensen all retain their spots from the Sociedad friendly, with Ayling the only defender to be axed. Llorente takes his spot alongside Cooper in the heart of defence after Maric confirmed he was recovering well from his hand surgery. [Leeds Live]

With Illan Meslier suffering from glandular fever, Joel Robles also retains his spot as he prepares for the possibility of starting between the sticks against City next week.

In other Leeds United news, George Hall misses a match as speculation of a January move grows