By Kevin Campbell

30th Sep, 2021 | 8:00pm

Leeds hit by 'big blow' as extent of Ayling's injury is confirmed - pundit

Leeds United have suffered “a big blow” following the news Luke Ayling will miss Saturday’s visit of Watford.

That is the view of former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 30-year-old’s latest injury setback.

Ayling has missed the Whites’ last two fixtures with a knee injury suffered in a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United earlier this month.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post (30th September), Marcelo Bielsa revealed today the injury will “require a simple surgical intervention”.

Ayling is the seventh player on the Leeds casualty list compiled by Football Insider injury expert Ben Dinnery, which is a Premier League-high matched only by Everton.

“I was expecting Ayling to come back in this weekend,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

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“It’s a big blow to lose him for another match, 100 per cent.

“Once a player like Ayling becomes fit he comes straight back into the starting XI.

“He has virtually been ever-present for them over the past few seasons. He is one of their rocks.

“Leeds have to get their star performers back into that team as soon as possible because they are struggling right now.

“Once Ayling is passed fit, he plays. It does not matter how well others have done in his absence.”

Speaking on Ayling’s fitness, Bielsa said: “Ayling has a problem in his knee that’s going to require a simple surgical intervention.

“It will require some time after the procedure is done.”

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