Monk gives update on Bridcutt Leeds injury, predicts his fitness for Cardiff clash
By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk is convinced Liam Bridcutt will be fit for Leeds’ Championship clash against Cardiff on Saturday.
The Elland Road skipper hobbled out of their 2-1 win over Blackburn on Tuesday night just four minutes into the second half.
But manager Monk played down fears that midfielder Bridcutt could face an extended spell on the sidelines.
“I don’t think it’s anything major, it’s more of an impact injury,” Monk told BBC Radio Leeds in the immediate aftermath of the match. “He will have a scan tomorrow. Tonight was a night of bumps and bruises.
“In terms of Liam, I’m sure he will be recovered by the weekend.”
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Bridcutt, who was partnered in midfield by debutant Eunan O’Kane on Tuesday, has started all four of Leeds’ matches after completing a permanent move from Sunderland last month.
Kyle Bartley scored the winner with four minutes remaining to secure a much-needed triumph for the Yorkshire giants over the Championship’s bottom club.
Blackburn had levelled in the 78th minute after substitute Chris Wood had broken the deadlock after 65 minutes.
But defender Bartley’s header lifted Leeds’ points haul to seven points from seven league matches and took them to 17th in the table, a jump of five positions.
Monk made three changes from the side that lost 1-0 to Huddersfield on Saturday, with Pablo Hernandez, Eunan O’Kane and Stuart Dallas replacing Alex Mowatt, Chris Wood and Kalvin Phillips.
The victory will ease the pressure on the Elland Road manager, whose position was under growing threat after four defeats in the Yorkshire giant’s opening six Championship matches.
In other Leeds team news, Monk has dropped a hint about his future transfer activity in the free agent market.