By Ben Dinnery

5th Oct, 2021 | 12:07pm

Injury expert: This is how long Ayling will be sidelined at Leeds after surgery

Luke Ayling could be out of Leeds United action for up to six weeks.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

The right-back suffered a knee injury in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on 17 September and has missed Leeds’ last two matches.

Dinnery told this site four days later that the 30-year-old had likely damaged his medial collateral ligament.

As quoted by Leeds Live on 30 September, Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa confirmed Ayling’s injury “requires a simple surgical intervention.”

Dinnery’s prognosis is that the defender will undergo the routine operation and be back on the grass within six weeks.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “It looks as though that this is on the minor side, in the grand scheme of things.

“This is just going to be a bit of a cleanout, a minor keyhole surgery. Marcelo Bielsa referred to it as a ‘simple surgery’.

“Typically when this happens, there is some sort of discomfort in and around that knee joint. The cause of that will be determined by the surgery.

“It may just require a little bit of trimming to the cartilage, or sometimes the removal of loose bodies which can irritate the player.

“We are usually looking between four to six weeks for a return to play. So it’s not massive.

“He should be walking without the aid of crutches post-operation fairly soon.”

In other news, Danny Mills insists Leeds United handed “vitally important” boost amid Bielsa reveal.