By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk is convinced Liam Bridcutt will be fit for Leeds’ Championship clash against Ipswich on Saturday.
The Elland Road skipper hobbled out of their 2-1 win over Blackburn on Tuesday of last week and subsequently missed the triumph against Cardiff and the second victory over Blackburn with a foot injury.
Monk revealed on Thursday that Bridcutt was set to train with the rest of the first-team squad on Friday ahead of the league visit of Mick McCarthy’s side at the weekend.
The Leeds manager said Bridcutt’s central midfield partner Eunan O’Kane had sustained a knock in the League Cup triumph on Tuesday night but did not expect it to keep him out of the Ipswich encounter.
“We’ve got bumps and bruises but nothing that’s going to hold us back,” said Monk, as quoted by the official Leeds Twitter account. “Everyone trains again tomorrow.”
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O’Kane was partnered by teenager Ronald Vieira in the wins over Cardiff last Saturday and Blackburn on Tuesday, although one of the pair is likely to make way for key man and skipper Bridcutt.
The Yorkshire giants have won three consecutive matches and have conceded just two goals in their last four games.
Monk’s side have climbed to 15th in the Championship and have secured a place in the last-16 of the League Cup, when they will host Norwich at Elland Road.
In other Leeds team news, Monk has dropped a hint about his future transfer activity in the free agent market.