Centre-forward to make Leeds return in summer - report

Leeds United centre-forward Tyler Roberts is likely to return from his injury in the summer, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claims that Roberts, 19, is not expected to make his debut until next season after suffering a shin injury as soon as he arrived from West Brom in the January transfer window.

Whites manager Paul Heckingbottom has admitted that the £2.5million striker will not be rushed back to fitness.

“It’s pointless us rushing him. It’s probably touch and go about when he is fit with regards the end of the season but I would like for him and Luke Ayling to be back with the players before we break up for the summer, for their peace of mind and my peace of mind,” he said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

It is understood that Ayling is closer to a return from his injury blow than Roberts with the right-back pencilled in to start first-team training before the campaign ends.

Ayling underwent ankle surgery in January and was not originally expected to play again this term.

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A lot of questions have been asked about Leeds’ recruitment with Victor Orta as director of football and more have been asked with Roberts and Adam Forshaw suffering injuries recently. It’s imperative that January signings are made with fitness in mind and both Roberts and Forshaw have spent time on the sidelines since moving to Elland Road. That may not be Orta’s fault in fairness though and he should conduct a review of how medicals are taken place before going ahead with more signings in the summer. It could just be bad luck but Roberts’ issue came about without him even playing a game.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites needs to re-sign this £60,000-a-week international attacker in the summer as he nears the end of his deal.

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