Leeds United issue update over Luke Ayling injury picked up in Nottingham Forest draw

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Luke Ayling will undergo scans on a knee injury tomorrow amid concerns that the Leeds United defender is facing another long stint on the sidelines.

Head coach Marcelo Bielsa described the damage suffered by Ayling in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest as “an important injury”, revealing his concern that the 27-year-old had sustained a potentially serious problem.

Leeds United defender Luke Ayling set for scans on Monday.

Leeds United defender Luke Ayling set for scans on Monday.

Ayling, who missed the second half of last season due to ankle surgery which followed a clash with Forest at Elland Road, was hurt in a challenge on Jack Robinson but attempted to play on and felt his leg give way as he challenged for a header shortly after.

Leeds plan to send Ayling for full assessments in the next 24 hours and are waiting to see if Bielsa’s first-choice right-back is set for another extended absence.

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Bielsa’s line-ups this season have been affected by multiple absences and a run of setbacks which began with Adam Forshaw breaking a foot bone in July.

Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez missed more than a month of the season with calf and hamstring strains and Gaetano Berardi is back in the treatment room with a muscular issue sustained in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Ipswich Town, his second game back after a knee problem.

Left-back Barry Douglas has sat out the past three matches with a pulled hamstring, through he is expected to make his comeback with Leeds’ Under-23s against Hull City tomorrow. Striker Patrick Bamford will be unavailable until the new year with a damaged posterior cruciate ligament.

Bielsa gave few details about Ayling’s condition at the end of the clash with Forest, saying only: “I think it’s an important (serious) injury.”