Phil Hay suggests likely length of Leeds star’s absence after Bielsa confirms recent injury blow

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Luke Ayling is likely to be sidelined from Leeds United action for a few weeks, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.

Marcelo Bielsa confirmed in his Thursday press conference that the 30-year-old requires surgery in order to solve the knee injury he sustained against Newcastle United last month.

Hay suggests it’s likely to be a matter of weeks, rather than months, before the right-back takes to the field again.

“No Luke Ayling who is heading for a minor cleanout operation on the knee he injured against Newcastle,” Hay said on The Phil Hay Show [30/09/21].

“He will be looking at a few weeks, I would think. Obviously, a couple of those weeks are going to be taken up by the international break but he won’t be available this weekend.”

Could be worse

Ayling has missed Leeds’ last two games and will be absent for the visit of Watford to Elland Road on Saturday.

However, that’s a fairly small price to pay considering some knee injuries keep players out for significant chunks of the season.

Hay’s suggestions that Ayling could be back in a “few weeks” means he could be close to fitness after the conclusion of the international break, which begins on Monday.

It’s the perfect time really, with Bielsa’s side not back in action until October 16 when they make the long trip to Southampton.

That game may come too soon, but a clash with Wolves a week later looks like a much more achievable return date.

In other Leeds United news, a journalist has suggested the Whites may look to offload this player in January if Marcelo Bielsa reduces his minutes.

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