Major Leeds boost: Defender back in training after months on sidelines

By Richard Parks

Leeds United defender Aapo Halme has revealed that he is back in training after two months out with a foot injury.

The Finnish centre-back, who was signed from HJK Helsinki in the January window, has not been able to play for United after sustaining a training ground injury shortly after his arrival.

Halme, 19, has told Finnish publication Iltalehti that “it has not been the easiest entry” into English football after he secured his dream move to the Yorkshire giants and one of the most historic clubs in the country.

The 6ft 4in centre-back signed a four-and-a-half year contract in the winter window and immediately linked up with the Leeds Under-23s.

He told Iltalehti the plan is for him to get accustomed to the English game with the Under-23s before linking up with the senior squad.

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Football Insider verdict:

Given the difficulties of Leeds’ senior centre-backs this season, had Halme hit the ground running and not suffered an injury so soon after his arrival, it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that he would be challenging for a first-team spot. Manager Paul Heckingbottom has showed that he is willing to fast-track the most promising youngsters at the club, particularly in positions where the first teamers are struggling. Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Tom Pearce have already benefitted from this, and the struggles of Liam Cooper, Matthew Pennington and company give hope to Halme and all the young centre-backs at Elland Road.

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