Leeds United’s defence has been hit with a major blow after Luke Ayling suffered another injury.
Ayling has been a key part of the defence this season but he is facing around two months out with a knee injury.
Marcelo Bielsa now faces a dilemma over the next few weeks.
With Barry Douglas also out injured, his defensive ranks have been depleted and this is not ideal for his promotion challenge.
Without their first-choice right-back in Ayling, Leeds have little cover at the back.
This surely means that Lewie Coyle will be recalled in the January transfer window.
The 23-year-old is out on loan at Fleetwood Town but that temporary arrangement expires in January.
Surely Bielsa will not sanction another loan deal for Coyle, especially given how well he has performed.
The Leeds academy product has been a regular for Fleetwood this season after starring on loan with the Cod Army last season too.
And it could be time for the attack-minded right-back to return to Elland Road and make a name for himself.
Ayling could well be back in action this January but Bielsa cannot risk having a light squad ahead of the promotion run-in.
And given Ayling’s injury record, it would be wise to recall Coyle rather than send him back out on loan.