Cardiff City v Leeds United: Bridcutt facing race to be fit

Liam Bridcutt is injured during Leeds United's victory over Blackburn last night.

Liam Bridcutt is injured during Leeds United's victory over Blackburn last night.

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Liam Bridcutt is facing a fight to be fit for Leeds United’s visit to Cardiff City but Kemar Roofe will be back in the squad after missing the victory over Blackburn Rovers.

Roofe sat out of the midweek win as a precaution having picked up a calf strain in last weekend’s derby with Huddersfield Town but head coach Garry Monk confirmed that the former Oxford United forward would be available for the trip to south Wales on Saturday.

Bridcutt, however, is a more serious doubt after limping out of a 2-1 win over Blackburn with what Monk called an “impact injury”.

The midfielder was hurt by a heavy tackle inside his own box late in the first half and despite attempting to return to the field after the interval, he was replaced by Kalvin Phillips in the early minutes of the second half.

Monk is confident that Bridcutt has avoided a serious problem, saying: “It was more of an impact injury for Liam. He picked it up in a tackle in the first half.

“He wanted to see how it went in the second half but I think he knew straight away, after the first couple of minutes, that he wasn’t quite right so we made the substitution. I don’t think it’s anything serious.”

United have avoided major injury problems in the early part of the season and right-back Gaetano Berardi, who pulled a hamstring on the opening day at Queens Park Rangers, is due to resume full training next week.

Roofe, meanwhile, should make the 18-man squad away at Cardiff as Leeds attempt to put together back-to-back league victories for the first time this season.

“Kemar picked up a calf injury after the weekend and hasn’t trained for the last couple of days,” Monk said.

“At a push he could have been ready for the bench but I didn’t want to risk him.

“There’s no point in that situation and he’ll be ready for the weekend.”

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