By Emma Sanders
Lewie Coyle has claimed he doubted himself during his last injury lay-off, but is now ready to fight for his place in the Leeds first team after his comeback in the FA Cup on Monday night.
The 21-year-old was ruled out for over two months after he picked up a knee injury in the EFL Cup clash against Norwich in October but returned to action in January and hopes to get over his season’s struggles.
He made his comeback in the 2-1 FA Cup victory against Cambridge on Monday evening but has vowed to fight for a regular place in the first team for the rest of the season.
The defender said on BBC Radio Leeds it was not a “nice feeling” being injured but he has worked hard to recover and he hopes he can help Leeds continue their impressive form.
“I was always confident I’d get back to where I was,” Coyle said. “Obviously being injured is not a nice feeling. You start doubting yourself in many ways but I got my head down and cracked on
“Now I’m back, I’m looking forward to cracking on and hopefully contributing to the team and carrying on this run that we’re on.”
Coyle could be handed a start in Leeds’ crucial Championship clash against Derby on Friday evening because Garry Monk will be without at least two senior defenders.
Liam Cooper picked up an injury in the frustrating FA Cup encounter and Pontus Jansson triggered a two-match suspension after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season on Monday evening.
It means Leeds could turn to Coyle as a replacement despite the youngster making just six first team appearances since August, with just one match in the Championship.
In other Leeds news, Tyler Denton gave this verdict on the victory against Cambridge.