By Russell Edge

18th Apr, 2018 | 1:15pm

Confirmed: Leeds handed imminent attacking boost after long-term blow

Leeds United have been handed an imminent boost to their attacking options after young forward Oliver Sarkic confirmed he was back with his boots on after a long term injury absence.

The 20-year-old striker has been ruled out of action since suffering a blow while playing for the club’s under-23 side back in February, which was a bitter disappointment to both player and club after he had put pen to paper on a permanent deal to sign from Benfica in January.

However he has revealed via his personal Twitter account that he is now back on the training pitch and looking to return to action before the end of the season, using emojis of a football, a hourglass and a man running to indicate his long wait was over.

Sarkic has not featured for the senior side at Elland Road yet but his return to fitness could see him handed a late chance by Paul Heckingbottom, as he runs the rule over his current options ahead of the summer transfer window.

Football Insider verdict

Leeds had an absolutely torrid time with signing strikers over the winter window, with both Sarkic and Tyler Roberts ruled out with long term injury layoffs just weeks after arriving at the club. Had that not been the case, there is every chance they would have seen game time in the senior side, with Heckingbottom evidently not afraid to swing the axe in favour of the young talents at the club, as evidenced by Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s emergence. Will Sarkic be handed his debut between now and the end of the season? It seems unlikely with the options ahead of him but the way this season has gone for the Whites, anything is possible.

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