By Will Butcher
Leeds fans have reacted Twitter after captain Liam Bridcutt was left out of the 18-man squad to face Preston at Elland Road due to injury.
Bridcutt, 27, has been one of the first names on the team sheet in recent matches under manager Garry Monk, but has been completely omitted from the squad on Saturday.
Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Chelsea academy graduate is missing the clash against Simon Grayson’s side due to injury.
Bridcutt injured and Sacko not in the squad (he had an ankle knock). Nothing been said about Silvestri yet. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) April 8, 2017
Instead of Bridcutt, Monk has named youngsters Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips in the middle of the park for the Yorkshire giants in what is a must-win game at home.
Leeds posted their side on their Twitter account, which includes three changes. Alfonso Pedraza, Kemar Roofe and Ronaldo Vieira come in for Stuart Dallas, Modou Barrow and Bridcutt.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 8, 2017
Leeds fans reacted on Twitter to the news that their number 26 had been left out due to an unforeseen injury, while Ireland international Eunan O’Kane remains on the bench to face the Lilywhites.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Don't mind that we did better without him in the team anyway
— Chris (@Chriscleghorn4) April 8, 2017
Is bridcutt injured Phil?
— Shaun (@Lufc_shaun) April 8, 2017
What's up with bridcutt
— 💙Russ💛 (@russcausier) April 8, 2017
I thought Bridcutt looked injured in the second half on Tuesday
— Vital Leeds (@VitalLeeds) April 8, 2017
Bridcutt no big loss we always play too deep when he plays Vieira Phillips will give more energy in midfield #lufc
— WHITESOLDIER (@whitesoldier62) April 8, 2017
Leeds will be looking for a repeat of the last time they faced Preston,which resulted in a huge 4-1 win at Deepdale thanks to goals from Souleymane Doukara, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez.
In other Leeds news, Monk has handed a lifeline to this ostracised 25-year-old.