Barry Douglas has had a difficult few months at Leeds United since joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer.
The left-back, who was considered a coup at the time after excelling in the Championship last season with Wolves, had a good start to life at Elland Road, however, that has since stalled as injuries continue to give him some concerns.
The 29-year-old has been injured for the majority of 2019, having picked up a knock during their game with Nottingham Forest on New Year’s Day, whilst he has made just one appearance since then.
Douglas has admitted that it has been ‘difficult’ to watch as a spectator, however, he believed he would be back in contention in the near future.
Speaking to LUFCTV, he said: “It’s been a demanding period. Going into Christmas you exert a lot of physical and mental energy so it’s good to get a few days to reset, regroup and refocus.
“I’m hopefully not far away. It’s hard for me because I’m watching as a spectator but also as one of the boys, on edge. I want to be part of it and it’s difficult because there’s nothing I can do to help.”
Douglas will be raring to get back into Marcelo Bielsa’s side and could play an extremely important role for the club once he is available to return.
As mentioned, the 29-year-old excelled in the Championship last season as Wolves raced to the title, and his experience could prove vital to The Whites.
However, with Gjanni Alioski in fine form in the left-back position, Douglas’ return is far from guaranteed and he will have to work hard to dislodge the Macedonia international.
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