Luke Ayling is at the ‘halfway’ stage of his Leeds United absence following knee surgery.
Leeds lost Ayling to a knee injury in their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United, ruling him out of the clashes with West Ham and Watford prior to October’s international break.
Marcelo Bielsa confirmed that Ayling had been for minor surgery on his knee and now it’s a little bit clearer when he can return.
As per Leeds Live, Bielsa has revealed that Ayling is now at the ‘halfway’ stage of his recovery process, indicating that he’s still a couple of weeks away from returning.
That rules Ayling out of the clash with Southampton this weekend and also puts his involvement when Leeds host Wolves into serious doubt.
Whether or not the Leeds right-back will be fit enough to return against Arsenal in the League Cup also remains to be seen, with Bielsa’s side then in action at Norwich City on October 31st.
Jamie Shackleton has deputised for Ayling at right-back since he picked up the injury at Newcastle.
Leeds are in a pretty good position with regard to cover in Ayling’s absence.
Shackleton is playing so well and is fully deserving of a place in the side at the minute. You could even question that if Ayling was available, he’d be sat on the bench.
It’s a big ask for Shackleton to keep going at this rate, though, with some tough games to come in November.
So, to learn that Ayling is likely back around then is great news.
He’s served Bielsa so well over the course of his time at the club and, in time, he will get his place back at right-back.