Aidan White’s season could be over after a second operation.
The versatile 23-year-old is undergoing fresh rehabilitation following another bout of surgery on the foot injury he sustained last summer.
White – a winger and a full-back during his time at Elland Road – was injured in Leeds United’s pre-season friendly at Chesterfield in July and has not played any part in their Championship campaign.
His latest operation is likely to rule him out for most of the run-in and White – a product of Leeds’ academy and the leading appearance maker in their current first-team squad – will find himself out of contract when his deal expires in June. He signed a three-year contract in the summer of 2012.
United head coach Neil Redfearn said: “Aidy’s had a recurrence and another operation.
“He’s a good healer, he seems to heal quite quickly, but he’s had the same operation twice now so it’s quite a long road for him.
“It would be good to have a fit Aidy White because he’s got pace and he goes past people but he’ll be out for a while.”
Redfearn, who said on-loan AC Milan midfielder Zan Benedicic was still “a fair way off” after a knee operation before Christmas, will target wingers when the Football League’s emergency loan window opens next week.
The Leeds boss recommended a number of players to club owner Massimo Cellino, including Millwall’s Martyn Woolford and Rotherham United’s Ben Pringle.
But striker Edgar Cani was the only arrival at Elland Road on the last day of the January transfer window. And Redfearn said: “We need some width. We need genuine width.
“We’ve got players who can play there but we need competition in wide areas, I’ll put it that way.
“We’ve got to keep our eye on that.
“At home, when you’ve got to make the running, you need players who can go past people. It would be nice to have a balance.”