Steve Evans has spoken out in praise of Lewie Coyle, admitting his disappointment at not being able to play the Under-21s captain at Wycombe on Friday night.
Coyle has been training with the first team for the last three weeks, but will be unavailable after picking up a three-match ban due to a red card in the Under-21s’ game against Watford.
FA rulings mean the 20-year-old, who signed a one-year deal with Leeds in the summer, cannot take part.
Evans revealed that the right-back had caught his eye since his appointment, but admitted he may have to head out on loan to play some first team football.
He said: “We’d have loved to have played young Coyley, he’d have certainly played a part.
“I love that boy and he’s got a real chance, but he’s suspended and the FA advised us that we can’t involve him at Wycombe, otherwise he would have been.
“His time will come. In the short term we need to get him playing men’s football from Under-21s – there’s a world of difference when three points are at stake.
“We need to get him playing football. Whether that’s sending him out for a little while...we’re looking at all the options now.
“He’s training with the first team every day now and in two-and-a-half to three weeks, I’ve seen him get much, much better. And I mean significantly better.”