BBC SPORT Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC Sport
 You are in: Football: Teams: Leeds United  
Sport Front Page
-------------------
Football
Teams
Statistics
FA Cup
Eng Prem
Internationals
Champions League
Uefa Cup
Eng Div 1
Eng Div 2
Eng Div 3
Eng Conf
Scot Prem
Scottish Cup
Scot Div 1
Scot Div 2
Scot Div 3
Europe
Africa
League of Wales
Cricket
Rugby Union
Rugby League
Tennis
Golf
Motorsport
Boxing
Athletics
Other Sports
-------------------
Special Events
-------------------
Sports Talk
-------------------
BBC Pundits
TV & Radio
Question of Sport
-------------------
Photo Galleries
Funny Old Game
-------------------
Around The UK: 
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales

BBC Sport Academy
BBC News
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS

Thursday, 15 August, 2002, 09:12 GMT 10:12 UK
Bridges building up to return
Leeds striker Michael Bridges scored in his latest comeback game
Bridges scored 21 goals in his first season at Leeds

Leeds United striker Michael Bridges insists he is ready, willing and able to help Terry Venables' Elland Road reign get off to a flying start.

Bridges has not played in the Premiership since September 2000 because of a serious knee injury.

But, after two operations, the 24-year-old former Sunderland marksman is back in business.

And after continuing his comeback with a well-taken goal at Halifax Town on Tuesday, Bridges is looking forward to playing on a bigger stage again.

Bridges said: "It was good to get another 90 minutes.


If Terry Venables said he wanted me this weekend, I'm sure I would oblige quite happily
Michael Bridges

"I felt fine. I was sprinting off at the end so I feel physically fit and it was nice to get a goal again.

"Playing 90 minutes can only help my touch and the more goals the better.

"I'm not setting any targets but when the gaffer wants me to play I suppose I'm ready.

"If he said he wanted me this weekend I'm sure I'd oblige quite happily, but there are a lot more lads who have had a World Cup behind them."

Bridges, who scored 21 goals in his first season at Elland Road following a 5m move from Sunderland three years ago, may have to bide his time to make a Premiership return, with Leeds well off for attacking options.

Michael Bridges felt the strain of a long-term injury
Bridges has suffered two years of agony

Robbie Keane turned down a move to Sunderland over the summer to fight for his place and, despite an enquiry about Bridges from Newcastle United, the Geordie insists he is happy at Elland Road.

With Venables settling into the job at Leeds, Bridges believes the Yorkshire club have plenty to look forward to this season.

He said: "Terry Venables has gone over a lot of things and the lads have really taken to it.

"The way he has been going over shadow play has been fantastic and the lads have really knuckled down and listened."

He has got great experience and brought a couple of players in.

"The squad is getting bigger and I don't see why we can't be up there.

"We've got a hell of a squad, some great World Cup players who have had a good summer, so long may it continue."

Click here for all the latest from the My Club section

News and Statistics

Match coverage

Daily club news
Links to more Leeds United stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Leeds United stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

Sport Front Page | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League |
Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Other Sports |
Special Events | Sports Talk | BBC Pundits | TV & Radio | Question of Sport |
Photo Galleries | Funny Old Game | N Ireland | Scotland | Wales