Barry Douglas has sent a heartfelt message to Leeds United fans on Twitter after the left-back was ruled out of the rest of the season with a long-term knee injury.
The 29-year-old has been confirmed as suffering the problem in the 3-2 win over Millwall on Saturday afternoon. He has ruptured the medial ligament in his knee and is expected to be sidelined for two months.
Douglas, a one-time Scotland international, joined Leeds last summer for £3million (Sky Sports) in a surprise move from Wolverhampton Wanderers. He had just helped the Midlands side get promoted, starring in gold.
Now, he will have to nervously watch from the sidelines as Leeds look to end their 15-year wait for Premier League football. He posted on Twitter, thanking fans for their support and underlining his frustration.
Not how I wanted my season to end but unfortunately for me that’s sometimes football, thanks for all the messages of support I really appreciate them and will use them to help me come back stronger 🙏🏼💙 pic.twitter.com/uqxMGb7hO9
— Barry Douglas (@barrydouglas03) April 2, 2019
Though Douglas is a blow – especially at this time of the season – it could be a whole lot worse. Leeds have cover on the left side of defence, with Gjanni Alioski impressing since being used as a left-back.
Gaetano Berardi is now fit, and he is more than capable in filling in at left-back. Leif Davis has also been impressive when given the chance, including the 3-2 win over Aston Villa.
In a promotion run-in, it is always important to have your best players available. It will be a blow for Leeds, but it could be a whole lot worse.