By Alex Stevens
Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell is set to be sidelined for 10 weeks with a hand injury, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the 19-year-old is expected to make his comeback around Christmas after undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand.
Peacock-Farrell tweeted a photograph of his left arm in a cast after being sent for an operation on an injury sustained in a development-squad clash with Charlton last month.
Leeds’ number 30 revealed on his personal Twitter account on Monday morning that his hand is in a cast and now is the “time to get better and back to playing football”.
Peacock-Farrell, who agreed a new two-year contract with Leeds in the summer, missed the club’s recent Under-23 games against Bolton and Hull.
Peacock-Farrell is widely regarded as a rising star at Elland Road. He came to prominence last season by featuring in Leeds’ matchday squads and made his first-team debut at home to Queens Park Rangers in April.
He extended his stay at Elland Road following protracted negotiations with Leeds but he has been limited to development-squad opportunities this season.
With ex-England international Rob Green currently considered as Leeds’ undisputed number one, Peacock-Farrell has his work cut out to force his way into the first team.
Champions League winner Ross Turnbull and Italian shot stopper Marco Silvestri are also ahead of the teenager in the goalkeeper pecking order.
In other Leeds team news, Noel Whelan has given a two-word verdict on Leeds 1-0 loss to Derby.