Report: Liam Bridcutt in contention to return to Leeds side for Brighton clash

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The midfielder missed the Whites' Championship clash with Fulham on Tuesday

Leeds could receive a major boost ahead of their trip to face Brighton on Monday, as the Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Liam Bridcutt is in contention to return to the side.

The 26-year-old missed the Whites' 1-1 draw with Fulham on Tuesday after being given permission by the club to attend a funeral, but may now be set for an immediate recall to the team (via Yorkshire Evening Post).

Having the midfielder - who played 132 times in the league during his time with the Seagulls - available for the clash against Chris Hughton's men will surely give the rest of Steve Evans' squad a huge lift ahead of what promises to be a very tough game for the Yorkshire side.

Brighton are flying high in the Championship table. Their recent run of five wins in their last seven games has seen them move up to fourth in the league, just three points off the division's summit.

And having enjoyed an unbeaten run at the start of the season that ran 21 games before they lost to Middlesbrough in December, there is no question that Hughton's team could prove very difficult to get the better of.

Also, the trip to the Amex Stadium sees Leeds return to a ground they are yet to win at from four attempts, while they have only beaten Brighton once in the nine meetings between the pair since they both returned to the second tier.

Having Bridcutt available will certainly give United a better chance of ending that wait for a win. The Sunderland loanee's ability to get stuck in and then show immense composure on the ball may well provide the kind of calming influence the rest of the team needs if they want to spring a surprise on the promotion chasers.

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