Leeds fans have finally got some good news to look forward to, as Paul Heckingbottom confirmed Luke Ayling is back in training.
Plenty of things have gone wrong at Elland Road this season, but one of the overriding problems at the club has been injuries.
Players like Tyler Roberts and Aapo Halme were signed in January despite already having injury concerns, and at this point it’s easier to ask which Leeds players haven’t been injured this season than which ones have.
Luke Ayling’s ankle injury was a huge blow to the season, and the side has looked much worse defensively without the 26 year-old.
Matthew Pennington filled in at right back last weekend against Barnsley, and Stuart Dallas hasn’t exactly impressed in his short stint at the back before that.
Ayling’s return will be a huge boost for Heckingbottom’s side going into next season, as it is no coincidence his injury coincided with the total loss of form after Christmas.
With nothing really left to play for, it is probably unlikely that he’ll play too much before the end of the season, but nonetheless fans are excited about the return of the right back.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
Pablo signs new deal, Luke’s back in training, are the club feeling okay with all this goodness coming out?
— Harrison Kershaw (@Harrisonlufc) April 26, 2018
Delighted to see Luke Ayling is back in training. He’s been out since sustaining a serious ankle injury against Nottingham Forest on New Year’s Day. A major asset to the club. ? #LUFC pic.twitter.com/9mN4ZxGGDe
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) April 26, 2018
Clearly a character the side miss too. Be good to have him back next season.
— The Scratching Shed (@TSSLUFC) April 26, 2018
It's great to have you back in squad, Luke. We've thoroughly missed you playing at right back.
— Ryan Hickman (@Ryanlufc1992) April 26, 2018
Season turned on this guy's absence
— Rich G (@RidyGaskell) April 26, 2018
Seems the team started to fall apart as soon as he was injured
— Stefan Albinsson (@StefanAlbinsson) April 26, 2018
Top player Ayling. Huge miss this season. Gives it everything every game
— sf (@Theroxyfox) April 26, 2018