Leeds United manager Garry Monk has criticized the scheduling of his side’s fixtures ahead of their Sky Bet Championship clash with Derby County.

The Whites host the Rams at Elland Road on Friday, just four days after they made the long trip south to face Cambridge United in the third round of the FA Cup.

And Monk has described his team as “the most moved in the country” after the decision to play two games in just four days.

The rearrangement of both fixtures came from separate television broadcasters, with BT Sport deciding to rearrange their FA Cup tie at Cambridge, and Sky Sports deciding to bring forward their Sky Bet Championship clash with Derby County.

Friday’s fixture will give Leeds the chance to move eight points clear of Derby County, who sit in seventh place, but their visitors have been well rested this week following their FA Cup victory at West Brom on Saturday.

But the Leeds boss said that they won’t be using their congested fixture schedule as an excuse.

“It’s not an excuse. We’ll meet it head on and we’ll do what we have to do but I don’t think it’s very fair the amount of times we’ve been moved. Other teams who are in or around us or in this league aren’t getting moved anywhere near what we are,” Monk said to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
He continued by acknowledging that Leeds are “a big attraction outside the Premier League”, but described it as being to their detriment in terms of recovery and congestion.

Garry Monk is already sweating on injuries to two of his back four ahead of Friday’s big game.

 


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