By Alex Stevens

Liam Bridcutt is the only Leeds player who is certain to miss the club’s Championship clash against Derby on Saturday, according to Garry Monk.

Bridcutt is recovering from the fractured metatarsal that he sustained on 13 September and has sidelined him for the last five matches.

The Elland Road skipper is expected to be absent for another few weeks as he continues his rehabilitation from injury.

But Monk revealed on Thursday afternoon, as quoted by the official Leeds Twitter account, that Bridcutt is the only guaranteed absentee for the trip to the iPro Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Chris Wood missed Leeds’ training session on Thursday following his late return from international duty for New Zealand, while Stuart Dallas faces a fitness test after sustaining a thigh injury while playing for Northern Ireland.

But Monk is hopeful the senior pair, who have been key figures during the team’s upturn in results, will be available to face Derby.

 

Leeds currently sit in 11th place in the Championship ahead of Saturday’s trip to Derby, after a run of four wins from five league matches.

A win against Derby and newly appointed manager Steve McClaren could see Monk’s side move to within touching distance of the play-off positions.

In other Leeds team news, the club are set to sign a Spain international in the January transfer window.