Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed that attacker Kemar Roofe looks to be out of action for the foreseeable future as he failed to give an definitive date over the 25-year-old’s return.
The versatile winger, who had been used as a centre forward by former boss Thomas Christiansen before his sacking, has not featured since going off in the 2-2 draw with Derby County, having made 33 appearances and scored 12 goals this season.
Now Heckingbottom has revealed in a training ground update that the attacker is still in rehab for the foot injury suffered against the Rams and that there is no telling on when he will be back in action, with his recovery process said to be taking more time than expected.
The manager told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Roofey, similar, he’s gradually progressing bit by bit.
“You can’t really tell until they finish the last stage of the rehab, we’d love to hit different markers every day and say ‘yeah, I’m ready in four days’ but it’s a little bit slower.”
Football Insider verdict
While there will be some Leeds fans who are happy to see Roofe out of action after some sub-par performances throughout the campaign, his absence is still a blow to Heckingbottom and the squad, who would love to have all players available to try and turn their fortunes around. Caleb Ekuban has failed to find his shooting boots since his move to Elland Road and Pierre-Michel Lasogga is also hit and miss, so a third body to rotate with would be a boost. Still, Roofe must focus on ensuring he is fully fit for a return, and hope that Heckingbottom gives him a chance to shine.