By Kevin Campbell

7th Oct, 2021 | 4:00pm

Ayling will be 'big miss' for Leeds as injury expert reveals likely comeback date - pundit

Kevin Campbell fears Luke Ayling will be a “big miss” for Leeds United after an approximate timeline was given for the defender’s return.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker heaped praise on the “brilliant” 30-year-old who is “a seven or eight out of 10 every week”.

Ayling has been sidelined for the Whites since mid-September after he suffered a knee injury at Newcastle United.

As quoted by Leeds Live on 30 September, Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa revealed the right-back’s injury “requires a simple surgical intervention.”

Injury expert Ben Dinnery told Football Insider Ayling could be out for up to six weeks.

That would see him miss league fixtures against Southampton, Wolves, Norwich and Leicester City as well as an EFL Cup tie against Arsenal.

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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of the prognosis, Campbell said: “He’ll be a big miss if he’s out for that long.

“Leeds have some crucial fixtures coming up after the internationals.

“Ayling is Mr. Reliable and you will only ever see him out of the side if he’s got a bad injury. He’s been brilliant for them over the past couple of seasons and has been virtually ever-present.

“Injuries happen to everybody though. It is so important to have a player who can plug the gap until he is back.

“Shackleton has been very good but I still think they will really miss Ayling. He is a fantastic player who can chip in with a goal or two as well. He’s so consistent at right-back and consistency is the key. He gives you a seven or eight out of 10 every week.”

In other news, a pundit has claimed Leeds United will be ‘worried’ about Diego Llorente after latest reveal.