Leeds United defender Luke Ayling has said that he had been hopeful over the ankle injury suffered which has ended up ruling him out of the rest of the season.
The club confirmed on Wednesday that the 26-year-old right back would be forced to watch his team mates from the sidelines for the rest of the campaign, having undergone surgery on the blow suffered in their New Year’s Day clash against Nottingham Forest.
???? | @lukeayling_8 faces the rest of the season on the sidelines following surgery on an ankle injury sustained in our game against Nottingham Forest
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 10, 2018
Ayling had been an ever present for the club during their Championship campaign this season, playing every minute of their 26 league games before his first half substitution against Forest at the turn of the year.
Taking to his personal Twitter account to provide a heartbreaking verdict on the devastating blow, he revealed his hopes that the injury suffered was not as serious as it turned out to be, and thanked the supporters for their messages of support.
He said on his account: “Not what any of us wanted… ankle wasn’t as good as we all first thought… now time to rest, recover and hopefully get back sooner then they think.. thank you all for your messages means a lot.”
Not what any of us wanted… ankle wasn’t as good as we all first thought… now time to rest, recover and hopefully get back sooner then they think.. thank you all for your messages means a lot #not
— Luke Ayling (@lukeayling_8) January 10, 2018
Ayling’s place in the starting XI was taken by summer signing Vurnon Anita for the club’s shock defeat to Newport County on Sunday, with other natural right back Gaetano Berardi, who scored Leeds’ opener in the 2-1 loss, having filled in at left back all season due to a lack of experienced players for the role.
n other Leeds United news, the club are in the hunt to snap up a bargain deal for a top flight international hit man.