Leeds United: ‘Improving’ Somma’s a long way from full fitness

Davide Somma.
Davide Somma.
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Leeds United manager Simon Grayson says Davide Somma is making encouraging progress from a knee injury but warned that the striker still faces many months on the sidelines before returning to action.

Somma underwent a fresh and positive examination on his damaged anterior cruciate ligament last week, confirming that striker’s recovery is on course and on schedule after a bout of surgery to repair the damage.

The South African international suffered the injury in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Leeds’ Thorp Arch training ground in the first week of pre-season training, and United sent him for an operation after ruling him out of the first half of their Championship term.

Grayson said: “He went to see the specialist last week who was very pleased with the way things are coming on.

“He’s still looking at a timespan of months rather than weeks but the surgeon was really happy with how it was all healing and progressing.”

Somma was a key player for Grayson last season, scoring 12 goals in his first year at Championship level, and his injury came as a major blow in the early stages of United’s summer.

Grayson has since recruited Andy Keogh on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, and his choice of strikers improved again this week when former Chelsea and Birmingham City forward Mikael Forssell agreed to join the club until the end of the season.

United received international clearance in time for Forssell to be considered for selection in this afternoon’s clash with Crystal Palace.

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