By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

24th Mar, 2020 | 1:00pm

Exclusive: Augustin 'rubbing his hands together' at Leeds as new start date revealed - Bruce

Alex Bruce believes that Leeds United loanee Jean-Kevin Augustin will be delighted that the Championship season is set to resume in June.

The former Leeds and Hull City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that injured players like the 22-year-old will benefit the most from the enforced absence of football.

The EFL confirmed last week the season would be postponed until April 30 at the earliest, though Football Insider understands plans are being discussed over the season resuming at the start of June.

Football Insider have already revealed that the coaches at Elland Road are fretting over Augustin’s fitness during the isolation period after his layoff through injury.

However, Bruce insists that the time off gives the likes of the Frenchman a chance to fully recover from his layoff and return to action fighting fit.

Asked what the extended break could mean for Augustin at Leeds, Bruce told Football Insider: “People who are injured at the minute, when the Coronavirus broke, must be rubbing their hands together.

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“It gives them a bit of time to get back fit. If you’ve done hammies or muscle strains or something like that, or you’re recovering from a long-term injury and you’re at the final stages of it, it’ll be them kind of players it’s beneficial for.

“It’s not this one scenario has happened to Leeds, everyone knows the impact it’s had on the world, not just football.” 

Augustin has played just three times for the Whites since joining on loan from RB Leipzig in January, all coming as a substitute.

Patrick Bamford has been Bielsa’s first-choice striker this season, the former Middlesbrough man scoring 13 goals so far.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED the club are in line to pull off a seven-figure transfer by mid-May.