Leeds United: White back in five weeks but Walters out far longer eeds United:

Aidy White in pre-season match action against Mansfield Town.

Aidy White in pre-season match action against Mansfield Town.

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Leeds United will have most of their squad to choose from at Millwall tomorrow – but head coach David Hockaday has revealed that Aidan White is facing up to five more weeks on the sidelines.

White is one of only two absentees at Elland Road but will not return from an ankle injury until the middle of next month.

The former Republic of Ireland international was expected to be missing for only a fortnight after being stretchered from the field during United’s pre-season friendly at Chesterfield on July 26.

But Hockaday said: “White will be four to five weeks. After that, we’d like to think he’ll be back contesting a shirt.”

United have lost young forward Lewis Walters for the foreseeable future after sending him for knee surgery and Hockaday said the club were still to put a timescale on the 19-year-old’s recovery period.

Leeds were planning to use Walters this season but increased their attacking options on Tuesday by signing Nicky Ajose from Peterborough United

“Walters is going to be out for months,” Hockaday said. “I’m not too clear how many yet but it was a bad one.”

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