By Will Butcher
Captain Liam Bridcutt is set to make his return from injury for Leeds in the coming days, as they face Blackburn for a second time in a week.
Garry Monk revealed the news after the Yorkshire giants impressively beat Cardiff 2-0, stating that his newly appointed skipper would be ready to wear the armband on Tuesday night.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Monk claimed that the Scotland international was close to being involved in the clash at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.
“Liam just missed out,” Monk told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I didn’t want to risk him because there was still some swelling on the foot but he should be back in contention for the game in the cup.”
Bridcutt, who came through the ranks at Chelsea, was a doubt for Saturday’s win against Paul Trollope’s side after he was substituted early in the second half of Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Blackburn with a foot injury.
His expected return on Tuesday night will come as a boost to former Swansea boss Monk, who will be looking to continue Leeds’ EFL Cup run and potentially face the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United or Leicester in the fourth round.
Monk, 37, made 11 changes to his side as Leeds progressed to the third round by beating League Two minnows Luton Town, but is expected to pick a stronger side to face their Championship counterparts at Elland Road on Tuesday.