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Friday, 28 September, 2001, 17:23 GMT 18:23 UK
Bridges may miss season
Bridges: Has already struggled with injury for a year
Bridges: Has already struggled with injury for a year
Leeds striker Michael Bridges could be out for the rest of the season if his knee injury requires surgery.

The 23-year-old will visit American surgeon Richard Steadman next week to find out if he needs an operation.

Leeds manager David O'Leary said: "It's a close call as to whether he will require treatment or an operation.

"If the surgeon says he requires the surgery then he will stay over there and get it done as quickly as possible."


He's devastated, particularly after getting over the unbelievably bad injury he first had
David O'Leary
Leeds manager

Bridges has struggled with injury for the last year.

He suffered Achilles and ankle ligament injuries in last October's Champions League match against Besiktas in Istanbul.

On his return in a reserve match in May, he then damaged his knee.

O'Leary said: "He's devastated, particularly after getting over the unbelievably bad injury he first had. Now he's got this.

"He just wants to get on and get a final decision on what needs doing.

"If he did have surgery, we're not really going to get him fit for this season and that is a long, long time to be out.

"Look at what happened with Harry Kewell. He was out for six months and it then took him another six to get fully fit."


If we had Bridges back then that would have been like having a new signing
David O'Leary

Steadman has successfully treated Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Jamie Redknapp for knee problems and is internationally renowned.

O'Leary is currently operating with only two senior strikers, because Alan Smith has an ankle injury that has kept him out for five weeks.

Mark Viduka will also be away on international duty with Australia for three weeks in November.

O'Leary said: "If we had Bridges back then that would have been like having a new signing because he's been out for so long."

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