By Wayne Veysey

8th Apr, 2017 | 5:49pm

Monk shares why Bridcutt was omitted from Leeds squad against Preston

By Harry Sykes

Liam Bridcutt was omitted from the Leeds squad that beat Preston 3-0 on Saturday due to an achilles injury.

Manager Garry Monk explained in the aftermath of the Championship victory at Elland Road that the skipper initially sustained the problem in the 1-0 defeat at Reading a week ago.

Bridcutt subsequently played through the pain barrier in the midweek defeat at Brentford but was forced to pull out of the home clash against Preston, which Leeds won convincingly.

Monk delivered the update in the aftermath of Saturday’s triumph, as quoted by the personal Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay.

The manager insisted that Bridcutt’s injury was not serious, as the season approaches crunch time.

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Monk paired academy products Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips in central midfield, and the duo helped Leeds control the game as goals from Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and substitute Souleymane Doukara secured the points.

Bridcutt has been a virtual ever-present in the Leeds team since returning in December after three months on the sidelines with a foot injury.

He had started seven consecutive matches before he was forced out of Saturday’s triumph, as Leeds got their promotion bid back on track.

The Yorkshire giants cemented their place in the play-off positions as they lifted their points tally to 72 with five matches of their league campaign remaining.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.

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