By motleedsnews

9th Feb, 2017 | 8:46pm

Leeds handed double injury boost ahead of Cardiff showdown

By Ian Hunt

Leeds have been handed a double injury boost ahead of their league showdown against Cardiff on Saturday.

Manager Garry Monk revealed at his pre-match media conference on Thursday that Kemar Roofe has been given the all-clear to play after missing the 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield last Sunday with a rib injury.

Long-term absentee Charlie Taylor is also closing in on a comeback after nearly two months on the sidelines.

Monk explained that the club’s premier left-back is set to return to training next week as he steps up his recovery from an achilles problem that has sidelined him since mid-December.

News of Roofe’s impending return is a huge boost ahead of Saturday’s Championship clash against Cardiff at Elland Road.

He underwent a scan on Monday on his injured rib amid and Monk quashed fears it could be a significant issue.

Speaking to Leeds United TV, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account, on Thursday afternoon, Monk revealed that Roofe “has been back in training” ahead of the weekend.

Speaking to Leeds United TV, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account, Monk revealed that the club staff are “very hopeful Taylor will be back on the pitches next week” at their Thorp Arch training headquarters.

Taylor is the only member of Leeds’ first-team squad who is not available for Saturday’s clash against Cardiff at Elland.

The return of Roofe will further enhance the attacking options for Monk, who has made the attacking midfielder a regular starter in a debut campaign that has improved significantly after a difficult start.

Monk’s side are aiming to get their promotion bid back on track after their defeat in a tempestuous encounter at the John Smiths Stadium last weekend.

Leeds are are fifth in the table after accumulating 54 points from 30 matches, 18 points ahead of Neil Warnock’s Cardiff, whose main ambition is to avoid getting sucked into a relegation battle.