By Alex Stevens

Garry Monk is “very hopeful” Liam Bridcutt will be fit for Leeds’ Championship clash against Cardiff on Saturday.

The Elland Road skipper hobbled out of their 2-1 win over Blackburn on Tuesday night just four minutes into the second half.

Monk revealed that Bridcutt did not take part in training on Thursday but is in line to make a swift recovery from what the manager says is a minor injury.

“It’s no serious injury, just a bit of swelling,” Monk said, as quoted by the personal Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Lee Sobot. “We are very hopeful.”

Monk added that the midfielder missed training along with half the squad on Thursday and the coaching staff “will give him as much time as possible for Saturday”.

Bridcutt, who was partnered in midfield by debutant Eunan O’Kane on Tuesday, has started all four of Leeds’ matches after completing a permanent move from Sunderland last month.

Kyle Bartley scored the winner with four minutes remaining to secure a much-needed triumph for the Yorkshire giants over the Championship’s bottom club.

Blackburn had levelled in the 78th minute after substitute Chris Wood had broken the deadlock after 65 minutes.

But defender Bartley’s header lifted Leeds’ points haul to seven points from seven league matches and took them to 17th in the table, a jump of five positions.

Monk made three changes from the side that lost 1-0 to Huddersfield on Saturday, with Pablo Hernandez, Eunan O’Kane and Stuart Dallas replacing Alex Mowatt, Chris Wood and Kalvin Phillips.

The victory will ease the pressure on the Elland Road manager, whose position was under growing threat after four defeats in the Yorkshire giant’s opening six Championship matches.

In other Leeds team news, this is the expected starting XI to face Cardiff on Saturday.