By Harvey Byrne

Garry Monk has stated that he is hopeful Liam Bridcutt can return to Leeds training towards the end of the week.

The 27-year-old midfielder broke his foot during a clash against Blackburn in September and has missed the previous two months due to the injury.

However, Monk has revealed that he hopes the summer signing could make a return to training by the end of the week as he explained that Bridcutt is ahead of teammate Pablo Hernandez (hamstring) in his rehabilitation.

“They are still where they are,” said Monk in his pre-Liverpool press conference, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, talking about Bridcutt and Pablo Hernandez. “Liam is not quite ready to join in training. Hopefully towards the end of the week he might be.

“You get constant updates every day with those guys but it’s pretty much how I talked about before Rotherham. Obviously I will speak to the medical department today and see more.

“Liam is probably more closer than Pablo to being back in with us for training but again we will have a look at that today.”

This rules Bridcutt and Hernandez out of Leeds’ League Cup clash against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Bridcutt made four appearances for the Yorkshire giants before suffering the long-term injury.

He made a permanent move to Leeds in the summer from Premier League outfit Sunderland after an impressive loan spell in the last campaign.

The combative midfielder featured in 27 fixtures for the club last season and established himself as an integral part of the side’s midfield.

When Bridcutt does return to first team action he will be eager to play a role in a team who are currently in fifth place in the Championship table.

Following the Liverpool clash, Leeds take on Aston Villa in the Championship on Saturday evening.

It is likely that Monk will stick with Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O’Kane for the midfield positions at Anfield.

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