Leeds United have suffered an injury blow, with journalist Graham Smyth confirming that youngster Lewis Bate has picked up a knock on England duty.
The Lowdown: Bate joins Leeds
The Whites brought in the likes of Junior Firpo and Dan James in the summer transfer window, but Bate’s arrival went a little more under the radar.
The 18-year-old midfielder joined from Chelsea back in July, which was seen as a coup, given his potential – he was just this week tipped for a breakthrough into the first team.
The Latest: Youngster injured
Bate was in action for England Under-2os on Thursday evening, starting against Italy, along with fellow Leeds starlets Cody Drameh and Sam Greenwood.
Unfortunately, he didn’t see out the 90 minutes, limping off with an injury that Smyth confirmed in an eight-word verdict on Twitter:
“Looked like ankle or foot was the issue.”
The Verdict: Another setback for Whites
Leeds have been picking up key injuries this season, from Diego Llorente to Patrick Bamford, and this is another blow for a talented young player.
Granted, Bate isn’t part of Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team plans currently, but he has been progressing well and this layoff could stunt his progress.
The hope is that it is nothing serious, however, and that the teenager can continue to thrive at Elland Road, having made eight appearances for the Under-23s to date.
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