By Will Butcher
Garry Monk has revealed that Leeds captain Liam Bridcutt could return against Newcastle on November 20.
The Scotland international has already been sidelined for a month after picking up the injury during a robust tackle against Blackburn in the EFL Cup on September 20.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Lee Sobot quoted Monk on his personal Twitter account as saying that Bridcutt could return after November’s international break.
Youngster Kalvin Phillips has continued to replace the former Chelsea youth player and line up alongside Ireland international Eunan O’Kane in midfield, but Bridcutt has been sorely missed.
The 27-year-old, who signed permanently this summer from Premier League outfit Sunderland, is now set to miss Leeds’ next four games – against Wolves, Burton and a double header against Norwich in both the Championship and the EFL Cup.
Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira are in contention to replace Bridcutt in Saturday’s league clash at Molineux.
Midfield stalwarts Luke Murphy and Toumani Diagouraga will also be hoping to impress Monk through their performances in Jason Blunt’s Under-23’s side, but their careers at Elland Road look to be over.
A win for Leeds could see them move to 19 points and within touching distance of the playoffs, as sixth placed Bristol City lie on 20 points.
However, a last-minute draw against Wigan on Saturday will have reduced morale in Monk’s camp and they will face a difficult task against Walter Zenga’s cash rich Wolves.
In other Leeds team news, this senior man has also been ruled out for a delayed period.