Championship

Long-term absentee could return for Leeds United in big boost for Heckingbottom next season

Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern have had a disappointing season in the Championship and have seen the club fall further behind their competition as they had once harboured promotion aspirations.

The Whites had started off their campaign in fine form, however, a defeat to Millwall started their downward spiral, which eventually saw Thomas Christiansen lose his job after a brief stay with the Elland Road outfit. The club has not fared much better with Paul Heckingbottom at the helm, however, a number of injuries throughout the campaign have also affected Leeds’ charge to the Premier League.

Luke Ayling is one of those players who had been injured during the season, which has caused him to miss the remainder of the campaign, however, it is believed he could return to training before the end of the football year.

Heckingbottom is hopeful that the right-back can return before they head out on holiday for the summer and believes it would do the player well mentally.

“Mentally can go away knowing how hard he worked to get back,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“He’ll still be working through the summer because he’s that type of player and he wants to come back flying but just to know he’s fit and able to play again before the end of the season would be a big thing.”

Landlord’s Verdict

Leeds fans in the Tavern will be encouraged by the news that Ayling could be back in full training before the campaign finishes, especially since he suffered a broken ankle on New Year’s Day and would be ready to compete during next year’s pre-season.

Thoughts?

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