By Coral Barry
Goalkeeper Ross Turnbull has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Turnbull broke his ankle in a behind closed doors training match back in October and has not featured for Leeds since.
Evans has not had the chance to work with the goalkeeper at all since he was appointed manager and revealed that Turnbull is set to have a second surgery on the troublesome ankle.
“He needs a minor procedure on the same ankle so we’ll be talking the middle of April by the time he’s ready to train again,” said Evans speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“The season’s as good as finished by then so it would be stupid to throw him into any games at that stage.
“It’s much better that he gets himself right in the summer and comes back 100 per cent next season.”
The 31-year-old’s only senior appearance this season was in a League Cup defeat to Doncaster Rovers in August.
Turnbull was supposed to be Leeds’ number two goalkeeper after signing from Barnsley last summer.
Academy starlet Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who is only 19, has had to step up to the first-team in Turnbull’s absence and act as back-up to first choice Marco Silvestri.
Leeds travel to Cardiff on Tuesday night as they look for their first away league win in five attempts.
In other Leeds news, one player who is set to throw off his injury concerns is Chris Wood.
Leeds’ leading goalscorer is set to return to action against Cardiff and Evans has been talking up the striker’s importance to the team.