By Amir Mir
Liam Bridcutt has been ruled out for up to eight weeks in a shattering blow for Leeds- but supporters on Twitter believe they can cope without their captain, as long as Pontus Jansson is fit.
Manager Garry Monk revealed on Thursday that the Elland Road skipper will potentially be absent until December with a foot injury.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) September 29, 2016
Leeds fans described the Bridcutt news as a “massive blow”, but many felt that centre-back Jansson possibly being available for Saturday’s clash against Barnsley as being more important.
However, supporters still believe the absence of their skipper is a setback for the team and stated without Bridcutt’s presence youngster Kalvin Phillips should step up to the plate.
The 20-year-old has made nine appearances in the league for the Yorkshire club this term, as fans backed the midfielder to show his talents.
Overall supporters were devastated with the Bridcutt news, but were more pleased that defender Jansson could be in line to take the field on Saturday afternoon.
Here is a selection of messages from Leeds fans on Twitter reacting to the Bridcutt injury news:
— Jake (@Jakerbomb_) September 29, 2016
@PhilHayYEP bad news, but Jansson more important. 4 of next 6 games winnable. Intl break helps. His return in 7 wks vs Toon would be good!
— Jason Sheehan (@jasonsheehan25) September 29, 2016
@PhilHayYEP he's more important we should cope without bridcutt with our million midfielders
— Simon Duffield (@scduffield) September 29, 2016
As long as Pontus is there I can cope with not having Bridcutt.
— Kieran (@jotunthrash666) September 29, 2016
— PAUL BRENDAN WYNN (@LeWedge) September 29, 2016
— Michael (@MGlufc) September 29, 2016
@PhilHayYEP massive blow
— WeRuleSupreme (@pleaseapparell) 29 September 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’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, manager Monk delivers Jansson injury update.