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Leeds given boost as potential Bridcutt replacement makes reported comeback

By Will Butcher

Leeds youngster Ronaldo Vieira is set to return to the side after being sidelined for the last two games – and could replace crocked captain Liam Bridcutt against Barnsley.

The 18-year-old has not been a part of Leeds matchday squad after picking up a knock in Leeds EFL Cup third round triumph against Blackburn last week.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Yorkshire derby against Barnsley, manager Garry Monk was quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post’s Lee Sobot on his personal Twitter account as saying that Vieira had trained on Thursday and is “fine now”.

Monk revealed that former Sunderland midfielder Bridcutt has been ruled out for eight weeks, after a foot injury also picked up against Blackburn has continued to keep the 27-year-old in the stands.

Benfica academy product Vieira has broken into the Leeds team after making his debut for the Yorkshire giants during the final game of Leeds’ 2015-16 campaign.

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Vieira, whose brother Romario Vieira also plays for Leeds, has made eight appearances this season and is beginning to grow a reputation for his over exuberance in tackles with three yellow cards to his name already.

Leeds’ number 25 has fallen down the pecking order following the signing of Ireland international Eunan O’Kane from Bournemouth, and either Vieira or in-form youngster Kalvin Phillips will partner O’Kane in midfield on Saturday.

Luke Murphy and Toumani Diagouraga are likely to be overlooked again, as their Elland Road careers are seemingly coming to an end.

In other Leeds news, Monk has also given this injury update on Pontus Jansson.