By Wayne Veysey

25th Sep, 2016 | 2:51pm

Monk shares mystery of why Bridcutt still absent after three times being close to Leeds return

By Alex Stevens

Garry Monk has claimed Liam Bridcutt is “very close” to a return to action ahead of Leeds’ Championship clash against Bristol City on Tuesday.

The Elland Road skipper hobbled out of their 2-1 win over Blackburn on Tuesday of last week and subsequently missed the wins against Cardiff and Ipswich in the league and Blackburn in the League Cup with a foot injury.

Monk has claimed prior to each of the team’s last three matches that he expected Bridcutt to feature before the summer signing subsequently did not even make the matchday squad.

The Leeds manager gave an update on Bridcutt Saturday evening in the aftermath of his team’s 1-0 win over Ipswich at Elland Road.

“He’s so close,” Monk told BBC Radio Leeds. “We thought he’d be ready for this game, so we’re talking days rather than anything else.

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“I know you can get things like injections, but there’s no point in risking someone for one game when the risk is that they could be out for a number of weeks.

“He’s very, very close, it’s not so much the injury itself, it’s that pain threshold and if it dies down. As soon as it dies down, he’ll be ready.”

Late August signing Eunan O’Kane was partnered by Ronaldo Vieira in the wins over Cardiff and Blackburn on Tuesday, while another academy product Kalvin Phillips stepped in to start in central midfield against Ipswich.

The Yorkshire giants have won four consecutive matches and have conceded just one goal in those games.

Monk’s side have climbed to 12th in the Championship and have secured a place in the last-16 of the League Cup, when they will host Norwich at Elland Road.

In other Leeds team news, Monk has dropped a hint about his future transfer activity in the free agent market.