By Ian Hunt
Leeds have been given a huge boost as it emerged that Kemar Roofe’s rib injury is not serious.
Manager Garry Monk has revealed that the club’s medical staff are unconcerned by the problem that kept the attacking midfielder out of the team’s 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield on Sunday.
Roofe had been expected to be named in the starting XI for the Yorkshire derby after being a regular in the team either side of the new year.
But the 24-year-old missed out after complaining of pain in the build-up to the clash following a training session at Leeds’ Thorp Arch headquarters.
Roofe underwent a scan on Monday amid fears he could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines but manager Monk stressed it was merely a precautionary measure and is convinced that it will only be a short-term problem.
“On Wednesday he had a bit of a rib injury and he was feeling it in training (on Saturday),” the manager said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “It was more precautionary than anything but he’ll be having a scan. We don’t think it’s anything serious.”
That will be a boost for Leeds as they aim to get their season back on track following the defeat at Huddersfield, which meant they have dropped one place in the Championship table to fifth position as they are leapfrogged by their rivals.
Roofe has been a regular member of Monk’s starting line-up since a difficult bedding-in period at Leeds following his £3million transfer from Oxford after he was the star player in their League Two promotion campaign last season.
The attacking midfielder was in line to make his 20th league start at the John Smith’s Stadium, and what would have been his 36th appearance in all competitions.
He has become increasingly influential either side of the new year, scoring three goals and supplying six assists.