By Kevin Campbell

22nd Sep, 2021 | 12:32pm

Leeds have suffered 'big blow' after Ayling latest - Campbell

The loss of Luke Ayling is “a big blow” to Leeds United given his consistency over the past two seasons, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Arsenal and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, heaped praise on the “incredible” 30-year-old who is normally always available for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Ayling missed Tuesday night’s penalty victory over Fulham after he suffered a knee injury at Newcastle United.

The club revealed the right-back will continue his rehabilitation at Thorp Arch ahead of Saturday’s Premier League fixture against West Ham.

He has joined fellow defenders Diego Llorente and Robin Koch on the sidelines as well as striker Patrick Bamford.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on Ayling’s injury, Campbell said: “Mr. Consistent and Mr. Ever-present.

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“The best ability is availability and that is what Luke Ayling is. He has been incredible so it’s a big blow to lose him.

“These things happen in football though. Injuries are part and parcel of the game. His loss will be felt more though because you normally don’t need to look, he is on the team-sheet.

“Whoever is going to be replacing him is going to be coming in from the wilderness and that is a concern.”

Ayling started all 38 of Leeds United’s Premier League fixtures last season.

The defender has made 198 appearances for the Whites since arriving at Elland Road from Bristol City in August 2016.

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