Monk delivers Bridcutt update, shares if he will play in Leeds v Reading

By Alex Stevens

Liam Bridcutt is fit to play in Leeds Championship clash against Reading on Tuesday night but Garry Monk has refused to reveal whether the midfield enforcer will make his long-awaited comeback.

The Elland Road skipper has been sidelined for three months with a fractured foot and has been forced to watch on while the team have progressed impressively in his absence.

But Leeds are without three central midfielders for Tuesday’s fixture at Elland Road against third-placed Reading, which paves the way for Bridcutt to return.

Kalvin Phillips serves a one-match suspension following his dismissal against Brighton on Friday, while Monk has ruled out Eunan O’Kane (groin) and Pablo Hernandez (hamstring).

This leaves Ronaldo Vieira as the only member of the central midfield quartet favoured by Monk this season who is match fit and available for selection.

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Monk was non-committal on the prospect of Bridcutt being fast-tracked back into the team after his lengthy absence.

“Liam Bridcutt is fit, whether he is ready to play a game is something I need to decide,” said Monk on Monday afternoon, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

Bridcutt, who spent last season on loan at Leeds from Sunderland, has made just four appearances this season after signing a permanent contract with the club following protracted negotiations over the summer.

Leeds are sixth in the Championship but have a tricky task to overcome Reading, who are third in the table after beating fellow promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at the weekend.

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