Luciano Becchio will be sent for surgery next week as Leeds United attempt to cure the striker’s hamstring problem in time for the start of pre-season training.
Becchio has been booked in for an operation on Monday, though the club plan to delay the procedure if their match at Queens Park Rangers sends them into the Championship play-offs.
United’s 46-game term finishes at Loftus Road tomorrow, a fixture which Becchio is certain to miss, and the Yorkshire club have a feint but mathematical chance of finishing sixth and claiming the division’s last play-off position.
Leeds are all but out of the running, however, and Becchio is preparing to go under the knife within 48 hours of the season finishing.
The Argentinian was injured after scoring his 20th goal of the campaign in Leeds’ 2-2 draw with Watford last month, and he has missed the club’s last three fixtures.
Manager Simon Grayson said: “Luciano’s pencilled in for an operation on his hamstring.
“It’s nothing major but it’s to solve the problem.
“It will put him out for a couple of weeks and he’ll be back for pre-season.
“If we’re in the play-offs then the operation will get delayed but it’s an issue which needs addressing.”
Grayson did not rule out the possibility that George McCartney might feature in his squad tomorrow, despite scathing criticism of the left-back voiced by club chairman Ken Bates this week.
Bates was angered by McCartney’s suggestion that fatigue among Grayson’s squad had caused United to drop out of the Championship’s play-off zone.
But McCartney trained as planned yesterday and, asked if he would make the trip to QPR, Grayson said: “I’ll take my squad with me and pick my team. But I don’t agree that the players have been tired.”