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Report details whether Leeds lynchpin will be fit for Newcastle showdown

By Amir Mir

Leeds captain Liam Bridcutt is not expected to be fit enough to face Newcastle on Sunday but he is due to resume training this week, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post state that the 27-year-old midfielder is nearing a return from a long-term injury lay-off after suffering a fractured bone in his foot in September.

Garry Monk’s side host league leaders Newcastle at the weekend with a sell-out crowd expected at Elland Road for the first time in six years.

Republic of Ireland midfielder Eunan O’Kane, who returned from international duty with a groin injury on Saturday, has been an influential figure in the middle of the park since Bridcutt’s absence.

The Yorkshire club signed Bridcutt on a two-year deal from Premier League side Sunderland in the summer as he made four Championship appearances before his injury.

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In his absence the Whites have climbed up the Championship table as they currently hold a play-off spot.

Monk’s men have 26 points from 16 games with their most impressive victory coming against promotion chasing Norwich during their last league fixture.

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