By Harry Sykes
Liam Bridcutt was omitted from the Leeds United squad that lost 2-1 to Burton Saturday due to an achilles injury, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Lee Sobot explained in the aftermath of the huge Championship setback why the Elland Road skipper was not in the matchday 18.
“Liam Bridcutt’s Achilles was sore so that’s why he was missing,” said Sobot on his personal Twitter account.
Liam Bridcutt’s Achilles was sore so that’s why he was missing #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) April 22, 2017
Bridcutt had also missed Leeds’ 3-0 win over Preston earlier this month with an achilles problem and manager Garry Monk subsequently explained he had been playing through the pain barrier.
Ronaldo Vieira, who had been absent for two matches due to an illness, was recalled to the starting XI against Burton to partner fellow academy product Kalvin Phillips in central midfield.
The duo were unable to get to grips with their opponents as Monk’s side slumped to a second consecutive defeat to extend a wretched run of results that now includes four losses from their last six league fixtures.
Victories for Leeds’ top-six rivals Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday mean Leeds have fallen three points behind sixth position with just two matches of the campaign remaining.
The Yorkshire giants had gone into the match against relegation strugglers Burton needing a win to keep pace with the teams seeking a place in the play-offs semi-finals.
But they went two goals down through goals from Marvin Sordell and Michael Kightly, and a late strike from Kyle Bartley proved only to be a consolation.
Leeds remain in seventh in the table and are still stuck on 73 points from 44 league matches, three adrift of sixth-placed Fulham, who also have a superior goal difference.
The promotion hopefuls will seemingly have to win the final two matches of their league campaign to have any chance of securing a top-six finish while also relying on other sides to slip up.
In other Leeds United team news, the club have done the deal for an out-of-window transfer of a midfield player.