By Alex Stevens
Emerging Leeds defender Tyler Denton has undergone knee surgery, manager Garry Monk revealed on Wednesday afternoon.
Left-back Denton, 21, is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after having an operation on his knee.
Manager Monk said, as quoted by the official Leeds Twitter account, that the Elland Road academy product will be sidelined “for a number of weeks”.
???? @GarryMonk “Tyler Denton has had to have an operation on his knee, which will keep him out for a number of weeks”
— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 1, 2017
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay subsequently reported that Denton is set to be absent for “up to six week” after sustaining a knee injury during training.
Tyler Denton is out for up to six weeks. He’s had surgery on a knee injury sustained in training. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) March 1, 2017
Denton has made the step up to the first team squad this season after becoming the latest academy product to graduate to the senior side.
The youngster capped a memorable debut last August with a fine individual goal in a 1-0 League Cup win against Luton and subsequently signed a new three-year contract.
Denton has made two further senior appearances but is behind Charlie Taylor and Gaetano Berardi in the left-back pecking order.
The loss of the 21-year-old comes as Taylor prepares to make his return to the squad for Friday night’s Championship clash against Birmingham at St Andrews following two months on the sidelines.
Leeds are fourth in the league with a haul of 61 points and have genuine ambitions of returning to the Premier League after 13 years in the doldrums.
In other Leeds team news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.