Leeds United fans are not expected to see Tyler Roberts in action until next season.
The 19-year-old moved to Elland Road from West Bromwich Albion in the January transfer window but has not made a single appearance for the Yorkshire outfit.
It was a huge blow for the teenager when a crack in his shin prevented him from making his debut and subsequently miss the majority of the second half of the season.
Roberts was unable to prove himself under the manager who signed him – Thomas Christiansen – and the same applies to Paul Heckingbottom’s reign.
Many would have hoped that the forward would feature in the closing stages of the campaign, but it does not appear that he will.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has quoted the manager as saying that Roberts will not be thrown into action and is likely to stake a claim for a place in the team during pre-season.
“It’s pointless us rushing him. It’s probably touch and go about when he is fit with regards the end of the season but I would like for him and Luke Ayling to be back with the players before we break up for the summer, for their peace of mind and my peace of mind.”
At the start of the season, Leeds had hoped to be pushing for promotion to the Premier League, but as it stands, the club are 13th in the standings, 10 points adrift of a place in the playoffs.