Leeds United have been dealt a blow to their preparations for the trip to Birmingham City on Tuesday night, with manager Steve Evans confirming to the club's official website that Liam Bridcutt will not be fit to return at St. Andrew's.
The on-loan Sunderland midfielder missed the narrow 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Saturday after picking up a thigh injury which ruled him out of action.
Bridcutt has been a key player for the Whites since joining on loan from the Black Cats in late November, making 24 starts in all competitions since his arrival, and his absence was a clear miss for the Whites at Turf Moor.
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Any Leeds fans hoping that they would see the Scottish international back in action on Tuesday night will be sorely disappointed, as Evans has now confirmed that the midfielder has "no chance" of being fit enough to return.
The head coach told the club website: "He hasn’t got a chance for tomorrow. He’s very much in our thoughts for towards Saturday, though.
"The risk of injuring him again tomorrow would be too high to take. We’re hopeful that Liam will train later in the week, that’s the medical opinion."
Bridcutt's combative displays and passing have been a crucial part of Leeds' game in his time at Elland Road, and that was missing as the Yorkshire side slipped to defeat on Saturday.
The loss at Burnley was the Whites' third defeat in the last four matches as their brief upturn in form in early March has proven to be nothing more than a flash in the pan.
They take on a Birmingham side on Tuesday who returned to winning ways for the first time in their last six games since 3 March with a 2-0 victory at Reading at the weekend.