Bridges set to play

Last updated : 13 November 2002 By The Gas Man
The Leeds striker is set to play in an away European tie for the first time since October 2000 when he was stretchered off in a Champions League tie with Besiktas in Istanbul.

Ankle and serious knee injuries ensured Bridges remained sidelined for two years after this, until he finally made his comeback as a substitute in the 1-0 UEFA Cup first round, first-leg win over Metalurg Zaporizhia at Elland Road in September.

"This is my first trip since that Besiktas game when I sustained my ankle injury, and it's good to be back," smiled Bridges.

"Travelling with the lads, having a relaxing time and hopefully getting a result, it's what European trips are all about. I have to say I have missed it these past couple of years.

"It has been a big loss for me watching the lads on television, particularly that Champions League run when we went to the semi-finals. But it's great to be a part of things again.

"We are confident we can finish this tie off now, but I don't think it's a case of we can, it's more a case of we need to," added Bridges.

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