Noel Whelan has told Football Insider his fears that Barry Douglas may be sidelined for the rest of the season with the knee injury he sustained in Saturday’s win over Millwall.

Reports today claimed Douglas has been sent for tests after limping through United’s 3-2 win at Elland Road on Saturday in the absence of any remaining substitutes.

The left-back was not in Leeds’ starting XI against Millwall but replaced Ezgjan Alioski at half-time was hurt in a challenge with Millwall’s Jed Wallace after Marcelo Biesla had made a further two changes from the bench.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, our brilliant new columnist Whelan explained how he is concerned at the damage sustained by Douglas.

“It looks like he could have pulled a medial ligament,” said Whelan, who was at Elland Road to cover the match as a pundit. “You could see the pain he was in, but deserves enormous credit for carrying on and playing through the pain. A lot of players these days would have come off.

“Douglas put the team first but if the scan results show serious ligament damage, then he’s out for the rest of the season.”

A string of senior Leeds players have suffered serious knee injuries this season, including Kemar Roofe, Patrick Bamford (twice), Adam Forshaw, Luke Ayling and Liam Cooper, while loanee Izzy Brown has only had nine minutes of first-team action after struggling to get back in the side following the knee injury he sustained last year.

Douglas has had two spells on the sidelines with muscle problems, and has not started a match since breaking down in January.

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