Liam Bridcutt admits it would be a big risk to start him this weekend

Liam Bridcutt Leeds United in action with Jack Payne of Huddersfield Town

The midfielder has only just returned from a three-month injury absence.

Leeds United captain Liam Bridcutt has admitted to the Yorkshire Evening Post that it would be a big risk for Garry Monk to decide to start him this weekend, but insisted that he is ready and up for the challenge to reclaim his sport.

Bridcutt only returned from a three-month injury lay-off in Tuesday night's win over Reading, entering the game as a first-half substitute.

That was just the fifth appearance of the season for the 27-year-old, and his first since mid-September.

Liam Bridcutt Leeds United in action with Jack Payne of Huddersfield Town

He was undoubtedly rushed back into action after training for only a week before that return, and though he insisted he is up for the fight of retain his starting spot, he did admit that it would be a big risk to involve him from the off against Brentford this weekend.

Bridcutt told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "The lads have been doing well and getting results and it’ll be a battle to get back in. But I’m up for it.

"I’d love to start. Looking at it from a medical point of view, it might not be the best option but if the manager wants me to start then I have to start.

Matty Cash of Nottingham Forest in action with Liam Bridcutt of Leeds United

"It means you’re running that extra risk but I’m happy. I said when I first came to the club that I wanted to play."

Bridcutt was a regular under Monk's predecessor Steve Evans last season whilst on loan from Premier League side Sunderland, and impressed so much that he was handed a permanent deal under Monk in the summer.

He will be desperate to begin to string a run of games together under the man who made him captain, but faces a fight to get back in the side with the likes of youngster Kalvin Phillips having impressed in his absence.

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