Report: Leeds player not seen since September hopes to be involved vs Brighton
Leeds United appear set to receive a huge boost ahead of Saturday’s clash with Brighton, with The Athletic reporting that Luke Ayling is hoping to be involved in the game.
Ayling has been sidelined for some time after sustaining a knee injury in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle back in September.
The Athletic notes that he had looked set to be ready to face West Ham the following week. However, he ultimately required surgery on his knee and has missed seven Premier League games.
Without him, Leeds have not had the easiest time. They have kept one clean sheet. And they have only registered two victories.
In his absence, the likes of Jamie Shackleton, Cody Drameh and Stuart Dallas have been deployed on the right of the defence.
In the last couple of games, Diego Llorente has patrolled that area of the pitch.
They have certainly coped. But having Ayling back at his best would provide a huge lift for Leeds ahead of the Christmas period.
And the good news is the 30-year-old is getting close to a return. The Athletic reports that he hopes to be involved against Brighton this weekend.
Ayling may not start for Leeds, but return to squad is massive for Marcelo Bielsa
Those who have been sidelined with injury during Marcelo Bielsa’s tenure have tended to need some game-time in the under-23s before returning to the first-team starting lineup.
Leeds do not have another under-23 game before the weekend. So it would arguably not be a huge surprise if Ayling did not make an immediate return to Bielsa’s side.
But having him back in the fold will be massive for Leeds. He is one of the leaders within the dressing room. And he comes across as one of the most positive players in the ranks.
His form was not the best before he sustained an injury. In fact, some were suggesting that Shackleton should get a chance ahead of Ayling early on in the campaign.
But Ayling – at his best – is an outstanding player at the highest level. And his return could have such a positive impact on Leeds’ fortunes.
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