Leeds United defender Luke Ayling is set for two months on the sidelines after picking up a medial collateral ligament injury in The Whites’ 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, the club have confirmed.

 The 27-year-old picked up a medial collateral ligament injury in Leeds United’s game against Nottingham Forest, after clashing with Forest defender Jack Robinson. The club announced the news on the official club website on Monday afternoon.

The injury comes as bad news to everyone associated with Leeds United, as defender Ayling has made an impressive start to the season. The 27-year-old has been a mainstay in Marcelo Bielsa’s side, playing in 15 games in all competitions, picking up one goal.

Fans and staff are understandably upset with the news. However, they can be glad that the injury is not as bad as it could’ve been. Ligament injuries can lead to spells on the touchlines beyond the end of the season, damaging the knee in the long run.

The announcement has left fans wondering who will come into the side with Ayling absent. Some think youngster Jamie Shackleton will be given a first team opportunity, while others think Lewie Coyle – on loan at Fleetwood Town – could be recalled. Versatile workhorse Stuart Dallas is also an option to fill in at the wing-back position.

Leeds United fans have reacted to the news on Twitter this afternoon. Despite all being disappointed that one of United’s best performers this season will be missing for eight weeks, some are grateful that the injury is not as bad as it first seemed.


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