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 the injury in the first half of United’s game against Nottingham Forest, after clashing with Forest defender Jack Robinson. The club announced the news on their official Twitter page on Monday afternoon.
📰 | 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) October 29, 2018
After the challenge with former Liverpool defender Robinson, Ayling said he felt his give way after the tackle – which was where the damage was done.
A video of the defender was posted on his partner’s Instagram, showing Ayling walking through his house on crutches with a leg brace on.
The injury comes as bad news to everyone associated with Leeds United, as defender Ayling has enjoyed a strong start to the season. The 27-year-old has flourished in Marcelo Bielsa’s system, playing in 15 game sin all competitions, picking up a single goal.
Fans and staff are understandably upset with the news after such a strong start from Ayling. 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 club’s Head of Medicine and Performance Rob Price told the club website:
“We are all disappointed for Luke but the prognosis could have been worse, the injury to the ligament is isolated and the rest of his knee is fine which is encouraging. It is our job now as a medical department to work closely with the player and get him back involved as soon as possible, stronger than ever.”