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Leeds United: We'll act fast over Snodgrass

Leeds United were expecting to discover the full extent of Robert Snodgrass' knee injury today with manager Simon Grayson ready to move for a replacement if the winger is consigned to a spell on the sidelines.

Snodgrass underwent a scan on his left knee yesterday as Leeds attempted to establish the severity of his injury and confirm whether he will miss the start of the Championship season.

United have been careful to avoid speculative assessments of Snodgrass' condition, and Grayson, left, is holding out hope that damage caused during a pre-season game in Norway on Tuesday night will not prevent the 22-year-old Scot from appearing in next weekend's league game against Derby County.

Grayson was due to receive a full diagnosis today but he has ruled the winger out of tomorrow's clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road and will step into the transfer market to look for cover should Snodgrass' scan reveal significant problems.

Grayson said: "Once the scan comes back we'll have a much better idea of the severity.

"I would think the report on him might influence what we do in the transfer market. If he's going to be weeks or months then it might change our thoughts about where we need to strengthen.

"He's been in a brace and on crutches which is a precaution to keep weight off his knee. Even if there's no ligament damage he'll be sore and swollen so he'll be out at the weekend but we're still hoping that he might be available for the first game of the season."

Snodgrass was injured by a fierce challenge from striker David Nielsen during Leeds' 3-1 victory over SK Brann in the Norwegian city of Bergen, a foul which earned Nielsen yellow card and left Snodgrass requiring a stretcher.

Grayson was critical of what he called a "poor tackle" from a player who is out of contract and was attempting to earn a deal with Brann. Nielsen is believed to have been released by the Norwegian club in the days since, though not as a direct result of his foul on Snodgrass.

Grayson said: "It's disappointing and we're led to believe that the lad who did it has been released. He was looking for a contract and trying his hardest but situations like this are frustrating.

"If it's a bad injury then I'll be disappointed for Robert because he's looked fit and strong, enjoying his football. But we're not going to be pessimistic until we know what's happening."

Amid the uncertainty over Snodgrass, Leeds remain unclear on the condition of striker Billy Paynter who injured his shin during the club's pre-season tour of Slovakia.

Leeds played down claims that Paynter had suffered a stress fracture and would miss up to eight weeks of the season, but Grayson is still waiting for a definitive verdict on the forward's condition and will not be able to field him against Wolves tomorrow.

Grayson said: "He's going for another review on his shin injury. Both lads are under review and we're waiting to see the severity of their injuries."

 
 
 

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