Steve Evans provides fitness update on Leeds United midfielder Liam Bridcutt

Elland Road pitchside

Liam Bridcutt has missed Leeds United's last two matches through injury.

Steve Evans has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Liam Bridcutt needs to impress in training to win his place back in Leeds United’s team.

Bridcutt has missed Leeds’ last two matches with a thigh injury, but he could be fit enough to come back into contention for this weekend’s match against Reading.

The central-midfielder has generally been a very important member of Leeds’ squad this season, but in his absence the Yorkshire side have coped well.

Evans’ men put in a good performance against Burnley, and they then manage to beat Birmingham City 2-1 in their most recent outing.

It leaves Evans with a selection dilemma in central-midfield, and the 53-year-old boss insists that Bridcutt will have to prove his fitness to break back into the side.

“We are hopeful that Liam will be out training this afternoon and tomorrow and we can certainly play him in within the last game or two,” he said. “Will we play him? We will see how he trains.”

Evans selected Toumani Diagouraga and Luke Murphy to start in central midfield for Leeds against Birmingham.

The pair performed well at St. Andrews’ and they are the likely partnership to start, if Bridcutt does not show that he is ready for a first-team place.

If Leeds are able to beat Reading on Saturday they could move up to 12th place in the Championship table.

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