By Richard Parks
Leeds United striker Oliver Sarkic suffered an injury at the club’s Thorp Arch training ground headquarters today (Friday), it has been confirmed.
The forward, 20, broke down after landing awkwardly while playing for Leeds’ Under-23s in their Professional Development League clash early this afternoon.
As reported on the official Leeds website’s live blog of the match, Sarkic had opened the scoring after four minutes when he found the net from close range.
But he limped off after 26 minutes of the encounter and was replaced by Adrian Balboa, with his team already 2-1 up.
The Leeds blog does not explain the nature of the injury although supporters watching a live stream of the match suggested he could have suffered an ankle problem.
He put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal, which has the option to be extended by a further 12 months.
✍️ | Leeds United are pleased to confirm the signing of Oliver Sarkic from Portuguese side Benfica
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 11, 2018
Sarkic moved to Elland Road last summer initially on loan from the Portuguese giants and has impressed club chiefs with his performances in Carlos Corberan’s Under-23s squad.
The Montenegro youth international was one of a number of new arrivals in the development squad last month as he was joined by Finnish centre-back Aapo Halme, striker Sam Dalby, midfielder Jordan Stevens and goalkeeper Kamil Miazek.