Leeds United journalist Beren Cross has provided an injury update on defender Luke Ayling following comments by Marcelo Bielsa.
Speaking during his pre-match press conference ahead of the game with Watford, Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa provided an update on the defender, who has been absent from the squad in the past few weeks with an injury.
He claimed that the 30-year-old is set to have surgery on his knee “that will also require some time after this procedure is done”. But speaking about the situation on the latest edition of the Blue, White and Yellow podcast, Cross followed up on the news with some more information and claimed that things aren’t as bad as they might seem:
“We’ve since heard from another source at the club that it’s not going to be a lengthy issue and people shouldn’t read too much into Bielsa’s language on that one. It’s not like Ayling’s going to be out for a month after surgery.
“I’ve not been given the word ‘keyhole’, but I think for people’s understanding of the procedure, I think it’s that kind of minimal intrusion in terms of clearing out the problem area in the knee.
“So the understanding is that, if not Southampton, then maybe immediately after that Ayling should be at least in contention, so I wouldn’t worry too much about that.”
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Is Ayling good enough to play for England?
These comments from Cross should certainly come as a boost for Leeds United fans, because Ayling has proved himself to be a very important member of the team.
He played almost every minute of every league game last season, whilst also ranking in the top five amongst his teammates for clearances, aerial duels won, blocks, passes, long balls and tackles per game – leading the team in the latter category (via WhoScored).
And whilst he has been around for their rather poor start to the season, those stats suggest that if Leeds are to get themselves out of the mess that they’re in, that he can play a key part in it if he’s able to replicate his form from last season.
So hopefully Cross is right with his information and Ayling isn’t going to be out that long, or Leeds’ struggles could carry on for the foreseeable future.