By Danny Mills

9th Oct, 2021 | 10:00am

Mills verdict on 'surprise' injury news at Leeds after expert's Ayling reveal

Danny Mills has admitted it is “no real surprise” Luke Ayling could miss six weeks of action for Leeds United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted Ayling’s surgery will disrupt his rhythm.

The reliable defender suffered an ankle injury in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United last month and has been missing ever since.

Injury expert Ben Dinnery told Football Insider earlier this week (October 5) that Ayling could be absent for up to six weeks.

“He’s missed two full games already,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Now we’ve had two weeks for internationals, so you’re only looking at two weeks off the back of the international break.

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“Any sort of operation you have, however minor, I always think you’re looking at, at least a month. Whatever you do, you’re disrupting things.

“You’re cutting parts of the human body that will take two weeks to heal. If you’re going in and trimming bits and pieces you’ve got to allow two weeks to heal and another two weeks to allow it to get up to full strength. Any operation, four weeks is the absolute minimum and that’s if it goes really, really well.

“You’ve got to give it at least two weeks for just the scars to heal. So six weeks is no real surprise.”

Before his current spell on the sidelines, Ayling had started all of Leeds’ games since their return to the Premier League last season.

The 30-year-old has played 198 games across all competitions for the Yorkshire giants in his five years at Elland Road.

In other news, Leeds United have been tipped to sign a midfielder in January after a “massive” Phil Hay update.