By Alex Stevens
Ross Turnbull is confident of being fit for the start of pre-season training amid possible ramifications for the Leeds future of Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
Turnbull has not played since breaking an ankle in a training ground friendly in October and has subsequently undergone two operations.
The 31-year-old goalkeeper, who has one year remaining on his Leeds contract, is hopeful of being fully fit by the end of May.
With Turnbull the deputy to established number one Marco Silvestri, this could be a factor in whether Peacock-Farrell accepts the two-year deal he has been offered by the Yorkshire giants.
The 19-year-old goalkeeper’s current 12-month deal, his first in professional football, expires at the end of the season.
Peacock-Farrell has been considering United’s contract offer for a number of weeks but he is said to be seeking assurances about the club’s plans, both for him and the coaching team at Thorp Arch.
Turnbull, who made only one appearance in his first campaign at Leeds after joining from Barnsley last summer, is on course to be ready for full training when pre-season begins.
“I’m back in the gym now and spending time on the bike,” the former Chelsea goalkeeper told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I don’t think I’ve ever said before in my career that I’m looking forward to pre-season, but I am this year. If everything goes to plan, by the end of May I should be in a decent place.”
“I’ve got nine screws in my ankle. It was a fractured dislocation. I also did all the ligaments around it.
“When the doctor looked at the X-rays, he said: ‘You’ve done that good and proper’.”
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Peacock-Farrell has been given until Sunday to accept or reject an extension to a deal which runs out at the end of June.
Peacock-Farrell was given his senior debut against Queens Park Rangers last month after Silvestri was ruled out of that fixture by suspension.
Silvestri, meanwhile, is two seasons into a four-year contract and has been established firmly as first choice since moving to England from Chievo in 2014.
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