Luke Ayling is set to play for Leeds United’s under-23s next week, according to journalist Phil Hay, as the Whites’ injury problems continue to ease.
The Lowdown: Leeds’ injury woes
Leeds have experienced a tough start to their Premier League season, currently hovering just above the relegation zone with 12 matches played.
While injuries can’t be used as the sole reason for Leeds’ struggles, they certainly haven’t helped, with key figures such as Ayling, Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford missing chunks of action, among others.
However, it finally looks as though Marcelo Bielsa’s luck is changing for the better, with a more positive injury outlook emerging.
The Latest: Hay provides positive update
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Hay related confirmation from Bielsa that Jamie Shackleton, Raphinha and Rodrigo are all available for Saturday’s trip to Brighton.
Furthermore, the Leeds boss also stated that Ayling would play for the under-23s on Monday, in what represents a major step in the right direction for the right-back, who hasn’t featured since the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United in the middle of September.
The Verdict: Ayling return huge
Ayling’s comeback could have such a big impact on the Whites’ season. The 30-year-old possesses a huge character and great leadership, both of which the Whites have perhaps lacked at times this season, and Alex McLeish has hailed him as an ‘integral’ player in the past. Indeed, he missed just 20 minutes of top-flight football in 2020/21, illustrating how much importance Bielsa places in him.
A little like Jordan Henderson at Liverpool, Leeds can lack a spark when the right-back isn’t playing – that’s not to say they can’t win without him – and his return should give the team a much-needed boost.
In other news, Leeds are reportedly tracking an in-form striker currently. Find out who it is here.
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