By Emma Sanders
Defender Lewie Coyle could be sidelined for up to 12 weeks after picking up an injury during Leeds’ penalty shoot-out victory against Norwich in the EFL Cup.
The 21 year-old went off injured on Tuesday night leaving Leeds with just ten players on the pitch after Garry Monk had used all three substitutions.
The manager has now revealed Coyle will be out for a lengthy period but attacking duo Pablo Hernandez and Stuart Dallas are set for a return.
“I’m really disappointed for Lewie [Coyle]” Monk told TV Yorkshire.
“Obviously it is a knee injury – it was there for everyone to see – and he is the type you know when he stays down that something is wrong.
“It is his medial ligament. We’re hoping it’s not too long but they can be anything from probably six to 12 weeks. Until he’s a couple of weeks into his rehab we won’t really know in terms of weeks or a deadline.”
Coyle has featured in just one Championship game for Leeds this season and will not feature in their next clash against Burton Albion this Saturday.
However, he’s played in every one of Leeds’ four EFL Cup games against Fleetwood, Luton, Blackburn and Norwich but could miss the crucial quarter-final clash against Liverpool set to be played in November.
The English defender joined Leeds in December 2015 and has made 17 first team appearances, and he was starting to show progression under Monk this season.