Michael Brown insists that Leeds United striker Ryan Edmondson is facing a tough mental battle after his serious injury blow while on loan at Aberdeen.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds man delivered his first-hand experience of being sidelined by an ankle injury and insists the psychological setback is as tough as the physical recovery.

Aberdeen have confirmed that the 19-year-old is facing as long as four months on the sidelines after picking up the injury in training and that he has returned to Leeds to seek specialist advice.

Brown believes that while the medical support is “fantastic”, the mental side of the recovery will be a big test for the young striker.

Brown told Football Insider: “These are the test of character that you have as a young player, at a young age, when you’re starting.

“I remember at Sheffield United, rolling my ankle, it was three to four months, a real bad one and it is how do you deal with that, how do you rehab? You become psychologically tested and it’s a good test for him.

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“Medically now, it’s fantastic in terms of recovery but you have to accept it, forget the timescale, focus every day on doing the right things and the good thing is with the ankle, you can get it sorted, it takes some time.

“There’s a lot of pain for some time but he’ll get sorted.” 

Edmondson, who signed for Aberdeen on a half-season loan this summer, played just once for the Premiership before his injury setback.

He has two first-team appearances under his belt for Leeds, both of which have come as a substitute in the Championship.

In other news, Leeds United have submitted a formal bid for another rising star as they plot latest signing.