LEEDS United head coach David Hockaday has confirmed that utility man Aidan White is set to be out of action for up to eight weeks after fracturing his foot in the friendly with Chesterfield last weekend.
White was stretchered off in the second half of the 2-2 draw at the Proact Stadium on July 26 and despite Hockaday’s initial hope that the 22-year-old would be only sidelined for between two to three weeks with minor ligament damage, scans have revealed a more serious injury.
The blow is an untimely one for White, desperate to make an impact at Elland Road after a frustrating 2013-14 campaign when he fell down the pecking order and went out on loan to Sheffield United, only for injury to cut short his spell there.
On White, Hockaday, speaking after Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Dundee United, told the YEP: “White looks like he will be out for about eight weeks as he has a fracture on his foot, which is unfortunate and he was someone who was doing well.”
Former Dundee United player Noel Hunt was given a run-out in the second period against the Scottish side and showed no ill effects on his return after picking up a hamstring injury in the 2-0 loss to Mansfield Town on July 22.
Hockaday revealed that a thigh niggle kept reigning Young Player of the Year Alex Mowatt out of Saturday’s encounter, but he will return to training at Thorp Arch this week.
Fellow midfielder David Norris (thigh) is also on the mend and is expected to also be back in training this week and put himself in the fray for Saturday’s Championship opener against Millwall at the New Den.
United’s only long-term casualty is young striker Lewis Walters, who will be sidelined for a considerable spell after undergoing knee surgery.
The forward suffered cartilage damage in the loss to the Stags at Field Mill a fortnight ago.
Hockaday said: “We gave Hunt 45 minutes and he needs to get match fitness and sharpness back.
“It was good to get him out there and he got 45 minutes and touch wood, he has come through unscathed.”
He added: “Looking at the injuries, there are a few who are out for days, but a couple who are a bit longer.
“Mowatt played in Ireland in another game for the under-21s and his thigh tightened up, so we did not want to risk him. But he should be training this week.
“Norris should not be very long either; we are talking days.
“But Walters will be out for a long time, which is a shame as he was having a good pre-season.”