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Leeds: Leo Hjelde ‘unavailable’ for Southampton despite returning to training

Leeds: Leo Hjelde ‘unavailable’ for Southampton despite returning to training -Leeds United News

Leeds United will be without Leo Hjelde against Southampton this afternoon, despite the defender returning to training.

The Lowdown: Hjelde’s surgery

Hjelde, labelled as a ‘superb player’ by Paddy Kenny following his move from Celtic last summer, has been out of action in recent weeks after breaking into Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team squad.

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The 18-year-old was last seen for the Whites against Everton back in February, missing the last seven games due to a knee problem he sustained at Goodison Park.

He underwent surgery on the issue earlier this month and appears to be making good progress, however, Hjelde won’t be in the squad for the clash with Ralph Hasenuttl’s side.

The Latest: Marsch’s comments

As relayed by LeedsLive, Jesse Marsch confirmed that Hjelde has returned to training at Thorp Arch in the week but will be ‘unavailable’ for selection this afternoon.

Marsch admitted the defender was ‘close’ to making a return but will once again have to watch on from the sidelines.

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The Verdict: Watford return?

It seems as if Hjelde will be able to return to the squad before the end of the season, as Marsch hoped earlier this month.

Should that prove to be the case, it will come as a welcome boost, with Hjelde showing he can cope with the Premier League’s high standards following an impressive league debut against West Ham in January.

He’ll soon give Marsch another option at left-back, which is key due to Junior Firpo’s absence, also due to injury, and who knows, he could be ready for the trip to Watford next weekend.

In other news: Orta and Marsch now keen on signing ‘wonderful talent’ who shares agent with 6 Leeds players. 

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