By Alex Stevens
Liam Bridcutt has been ruled out for up to eight weeks in a shattering blow for Leeds.
Manager Garry Monk revealed on Thursday that the Elland Road skipper will potentially be absent until December with a foot injury.
Monk was quoted as saying by the official Leeds Twitter account ahead of Saturday’s league clash against Barnsley that Bridcutt will be sidelined for between six and eight weeks.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) September 29, 2016
Bridcutt has missed the last four Leeds matches with the foot problem after hobbling out of the 2-1 league win over Blackburn a fortnight ago.
Monk initially dismissed the seriousness of the injury and claimed prior to each of those four games that he expected the midfielder to play before the summer signing subsequently did not even make the matchday squad.
But new scans have showed Bridcutt needs a lengthy spell of recovery before he can play again.
Late August signing Eunan O’Kane was partnered by Ronaldo Vieira in the wins over Cardiff and Blackburn on Tuesday, while another academy product Kalvin Phillips stepped in to start in central midfield against Ipswich and Bristol City.
Monk’s side dropped to 14th in the Championship after losing 1-0 to Bristol City on Tuesday night following a run of four consecutive wins in all competitions.
In other Leeds team news, Monk has dropped a hint about his future transfer activity in the free agent market.