LEEDS United head coach Garry Monk is “very hopeful” that captain Liam Bridcutt will be fit for Saturday’s Championship trip to Cardiff City.
Newly appointed skipper Bridcutt limped off after 49 minutes of Tuesday night’s Elland Road win against Blackburn Rovers with Monk revealing the midfielder had suffered an “impact injury” to his foot.
The 27-year-old missed training at Thorp Arch on Thursday but so did several other Whites players and Monk is optimistic that his new captain will be fit to face the Bluebirds come Saturday lunch-time.
Kemar Roofe has also recovered from the calf strain that kept him out of Monk’s 18 on Saturday, leaving full back Gaetano Berardi as United’s only absentee through injury.
Swiss international Berardi injured his hamstring in United’s season opener at Queens Park Rangers, but the full back is set to return to training next week.
“It’s no serious injury, just a bit of swelling on top of the foot,” said Monk about Bridcutt.
“We are just giving him as much time as possible to recover, he didn’t train today but we only had half the group training today.
“But we are fully expecting to have the group training tomorrow and with Liam we will obviously give him as much time as possible.
“We are very hopeful.”
Asked if Bridcutt would be fine to line up against Cardiff, Monk said: “He should be.
“We just have to give him until training tomorrow and we are very, very hopeful which will be good.
“From Tuesday night, we all came through, a few bumps and bruises but nothing untoward so that’s good and we should have a fully fit squad apart from Berardi who is edging closer again. He should be back in with us next week and then we have a fully fit squad.
“Kemar trained today so hopefully it will be a fully fit squad apart from Berardi.”
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