LEEDS UNITED defender Luke Ayling looks set to miss the first few games of the season following a knock suffered in training before the club's first pre-season friendly against York City.
Ayling has not featured for the Whites in pre-season after receiving a kick in training and the 27-year-old has had surgery on the problem.
However, the defender is not believed to be facing a long-term absence at a time when United forward Kemar Roofe is also set to miss the first few games of the season.]
Roofe limped off during the second half of the Whites' 2-1 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers in Australia on Saturday.
United initially feared a long-term issue but further assessment returned a positive result with Roofe suffering a severe sprain.