Leeds United youngster Leo Hjelde could return from injury sooner than expected, according to a fresh update regarding the defender.
The Lowdown: Hjelde missing through injury
The 18-year-old signed for the Whites on a permanent deal from Celtic last year with big potential – he has even been compared to Liverpool colossus Virgil van Dijk, in terms of his playing style.
It could be that he is available before then, however, if a new update is to be believed.
The Latest: Positive update emerges
According to Leeds Live, Hjelde is now looking at a ‘fairly quick recovery’ after having surgery, perhaps suggesting that he could feature before the end of the season after Jesse Marsch said it is a “matter of weeks rather than months”.
He has been hailed as ‘brilliant’ by former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson in the past, having filled in at an important time when numerous centre-backs were out injured.
The Verdict: Save him for next season
While having Hjelde available before the season is over is an undoubted positive, he should be wrapped in cotton wool until the summer.
There is no reason why Marsch should need to use the Norwegian in these crucial remaining Premier League fixtures, with experience required in the relegation battle.
If Leeds were forced into having to play Hjelde he has shown he can fill in, but with Liam Cooper hopefully back soon and the likes of Diego Llorente, Pascal Struijk and Robin Koch all fit, it makes sense not to use him for the time being.
In other news, Phil Hay has provided a positive Leeds injury update. Read more here.
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