By Michael Brown

18th Jun, 2020 | 8:30pm

Exclusive: Ex-Whites ace is gutted for Leeds ahead of showdown v Cardiff

Michael Brown admits he is gutted over the fact that the stadium will be empty when Leeds United visit Cardiff City this weekend.

The former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the atmosphere would have been “incredible” had the game taken place before the Championship shutdown.

The Whites and the Bluebirds are set to resume their league season on Sunday, having gone over three months since their last competitive fixtures.

Brown insists it is going to be a strange occasion for both sides in South Wales and admits he is a little disappointed the game will not be played in front of a bouncing Cardiff City Stadium.

Brown told Football Insider: “You know the atmosphere would have been incredible. That would have been one thing where you’d go: ‘What a game’ from both sides.

“I believe the game was sold out, Leeds United supporters couldn’t get any tickets in the Cardiff end so it would have been a game that everyone was thinking was a real critical, tough game coming up.

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“That’s not meant to be, they’ve just got to go and play – yes, it will be a strange feeling for everybody. Neil Warnock stepped aside but he got the bulk of real seasoned, tough players with a good mentality so it will be a tough game.” 

Leeds, who currently sit one point clear at the top of the Championship, have nine games left to play this season.

Their first match back at Elland Road will see them play host to third-placed Fulham, while they also have a Yorkshire derby against Barnsley to look forward to.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan claims that a senior star has to be braced for a huge battle against a “brilliant” Cardiff ace.