On Friday afternoon, Phil Hay – formerly of The Yorkshire Evening Post – tweeted that Leeds United defender Luke Ayling had undergone ankle surgery.
Hay went on to write that there was ‘no exact timescale’ for his return.
BBC Sport have said that the 27-year-old will definitely miss the start of the 2019-20 campaign, although it is unclear when he will be able to return to the field.
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The defender did not travel with the squad for their two friendly matches against Manchester United and Western Sydney Warriors in Australia.
Ayling has now joined Kemar Roofe on the sidelines, as the striker is also set to miss the start of the campaign with an ankle injury that he suffered whilst on tour.
It is hardly an ideal situation for a team that will be looking to make a strong start to the season following the disappointment of last term.
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A number of Leeds fans have been on social media offering their views on the situation and a selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Looking at mid table at best with chronic lack of investment and injuries starting to pile up before season has even started. Radz Out Orta out
— Paul Hurved (@PaulHurved) July 26, 2019
Injuries galore again
— Craig (@cookster636) July 26, 2019
We still won’t strengthing or add depth….the trend continues and season not even started, what makes anyone at club think we won’t suffer same amount of injuries this season as last.
— corbywhite (@gandalflufc) July 26, 2019
Squads getting thinner before we’ve even started ?☹️
— mangelwurzel (@cheeno64) July 26, 2019
If our small squad is further depleted shouldn’t we should be aiming for a 5-a-side league and not the Championship? Already at a disadvantage as a result of a defence that can’t defend and no serious goal scorer I’m already worried. I guess it can only get better – can’t it??
— Iain Groundwell (@Hauxley1) July 26, 2019
Unfortunately this feels strangely like last season already
— MarkforeverLeeds (@MarkLawrence88) July 26, 2019
Here we go again ??
— Sheridan Holt (@shedyw) July 26, 2019