Like the bubonic plague, an injury curse has again started to strike down players at Leeds United; it started as a spate but is now developing into something of a rash of case.
No sooner had Gaetano Berardi bounced back from injury, than he was back on the treatment table. Luke Ayling was only just re-establishing himself back in the comfort of the first-team and, boom, medial ligament damage means he’s out until after Christmas.
Barry Douglas is in the final stages of recuperation, having played 60 minutes of the Under-23 game today at Thorp Arch against Hull City. He’ll be casting nervous glances over his shoulder wondering if he is next to bounce back, then bounce out.
An already lean, stripped-back squad is looking decidedly threadbare now as Marcelo Bielsa faces juggling yet more players into positions where they don’t naturally fit. Well, he can add another one to the list in Ryan Edmondson, the young striker coming off injured after scoring in today’s 2-1 Under-23s victory.
Edmondson joined the Whites from near neighbours York City, the 17-year-old coming as a highly rated prospect. That has carried forward into his performances for the Under-23s, a side he scored regularly for after joining last season. He’s also started off at a gallop this season, scoring seven – six of these coming in his last three games.
He’s also earned one appearance this season, playing a 20-minute spell in the 2-1 loss at Elland Road against Birmingham City. With him scoring so freely in the Under-23s, there were many Leeds United fans hoping that he might get a chance to step up a level on a more regular basis. However, that will need to wait until the prognosis regarding his injury – of which there is no news at present.