Leeds midfielder reveals team hard to watch over past few months
By Dominic Toner
Liam Bridcutt admits he found it difficult watching Leeds during his spell on the sidelines this season.
The 27-year-old missed three months of the campaign due to a broken foot, after being forced off in the EFL Cup against Blackburn in September.
He made his comeback on Tuesday in the 2-0 win against Reading at Elland Road as he replaced the injured Chris Wood during the first-half.
The Whites have been in great form in recent months and have emerged as serious promotion candidates, with the club currently occupying the final play-off spot in sixth.
Garry Monk’s side host Brentford on Saturday in the Championship and will be looking to cement their position in the table.
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Leeds midfielder Bridcutt has confessed that he found it difficult watching during his injury layout, but is pleased with the club’s recent success.
“I did come and watch a few games and it was difficult for me and I do find it hard actually watching football when I am injured,” said Bridcutt, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“It does frustrate me and probably puts a downer on me. But everyone deals with these kind of situations differently. But I am happy for the lads with the way things have been going and it could not have gone any better.”
Bridcutt will now be hoping to regain his place in Leeds’ starting XI and will face tough competition from youngsters Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira, while Eunan O’Kane will also be in contention when he returns from injury.
The central midfielder could be in contention to start against Brentford on Saturday, but Monk was forced into using him for longer than expected Reading.
Bridcutt completed a move to Elland Road in the summer after enjoying a successful spell at the Yorkshire club last season, making 27 appearances across all competitions.
The combative midfielder appeared to be a key figure in Monk’s plans at the beginning of the season and started four consecutive league games before his injury.
He will now be hoping to help Leeds’ promotion bid this season and their is a growing optimism among the fans that they could return to the top flight.