By Will Butcher
Garry Monk is willing to give Leeds captain Liam Bridcutt every chance to start Tuesday’s game against Blackburn.
Monk, 37, is looking to orchestrate his side’s passage into the fourth round of the EFL Cup and is desperate for Bridcutt to be available for selection after the former Chelsea youth player sitting out the 2-0 win against Cardiff on Saturday due to a foot injury.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s EFL Cup third-round tie against Owen Coyle’s Blackburn, Monk was quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Lee Sobot on his personal Twitter account as saying that Bridcutt will be assessed on Monday night.
If Leeds’ summer signing isn’t fit enough to play, Ronaldo Vieira or Kalvin Phillips are expected to replace the Scotland international. Luke Murphy and Toumani Diagouraga continue to be frozen out by former Swansea boss Monk.
Leeds are set to welcome Blackburn to Elland Road for a second time in seven days, after the Yorkshire giants secured a 2-1 win against Blackburn last Tuesday.
Leeds could make it three wins on the spin but Blackburn will be in better spirits than a week ago, after a 4-2 win against Rotherham secured their first league win of the season.
In other Leeds news, the Yorkshire giants have pleaded guilty to a bung in the sale of Ross McCormack.