It’s fair to say that Luke Ayling should avoid 5:30 kick-offs against Nottingham Forest. It seems that the ex-Bristol City man can’t get through that particular fixture without suffering an injury and this season is no different as it was confirmed on the Leeds website that he’s torn his medial collateral ligament and will face two months out.
| Scans have confirmed that Luke Ayling has injured the medial collateral ligament in his right knee and will face two months on the sidelines
— Leeds United (@LUFC) 29 October 2018
Marcelo Bielsa puts a lot of responsibility on Ayling and it’s clear that he trusts the experienced Championship right-back. The next two months will be tough for Leeds now, although it’s likely that the club will drop some points over the festive period in the absence of Ayling, Bielsa will have something up his sleeve and the fans have full faith in the Argentine to help reinstate them as a Premier League side in good time.
Whilst Ayling is on the road to recovery the fans will be keen to see Jamie Shackleton come in to replace him, however, when he’s back and firing it will be a huge boost for the club and the fans. The 27-year-old hadn’t scored a goal for the club before this season but he became prolific in pre-season and has since scored his first goal for them in the Championship, the key for him now will be to get back in the team and helping his side to both score goals and keep clean sheets.
You can read The Whites’ verdict on Ayling here:
Think people need to calm down a little bit, could have been and looked a lot worse then 8 weeks! He'll be back January when it's the most critical time of the Season.
— RyanC (@RyanLUFC92) October 29, 2018
Shame time to think of playing Gotts at RB or Shack . Gott is quality RB doing really well in Dev team
— Kenneth Roy Brown (@kennybrown1964) October 29, 2018
Haha! The admin back at with the #bants! Nice one lads, how longs he *really* out for???
— Tyler (@LUFCTy) October 29, 2018
Should've got a bigger squad it's typical leeds never prepared.
— SAMUEL (@Murray__87) October 29, 2018
So at moment that’s 3 top players at this level to come back in January ,ayling,bamford and brown,it is what it is
— bielsa’s lucky blue bucket (@delwright21) 29 October 2018
Collateral damage, that's Leeds that.
— Beeston Steve (@Cappy_Steve) October 30, 2018
Why can’t we have nice things?
— Tom Surtees (@Surtees14) October 29, 2018
The Whites are fuming with Ayling’s injury and will hope they can have him back as soon as possible as they aim to continue their title push.