By Wayne Veysey

8th Apr, 2017 | 7:04pm

Shattering Leeds blow as 26-year-old in line to miss rest of the season - BBC journalist

By Alex Stevens

Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri could miss the rest of the season in a shattering blow to the team.

The back-up ‘keeper sustained knee ligament damage in training on Friday and is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

BBC Leeds journalist Adam Pope reported on his personal Twitter account on Saturday evening that Silvestri is unlikely to play for some time.

It was reported separately on the BBC Leeds live matchday blog (Saturday, 5.35pm) that the Yorkshire giants will assess Silvestri over the coming weeks and hope he can play again this season.

But, given that knee ligament damage usually means a spell of a least a few months on the sidelines, it is difficult to see any outcome other than the end of the 26-year-old’s campaign.

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Leeds’ 3-0 win over Preston on Saturday cemented their place in the play-off spots as the likelihood grows that their campaign will be extended until late May.

Silvestri lost his place as the Leeds number one following the signing of Rob Green last summer and has been forced to spend most of the season on the bench.

The former Italy Under-21 international has understudied Green for all 41 matches of Leeds’ Championship campaign.

But he started all six of the team’s cup matches and was named in the EFL Cup team of the season following some fine displays in the competition.

Leeds manager Garry Monk will be shattered if he is unable to call upon Silvestri in the final weeks of the season given his pedigree.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell was named on the substitute’s bench for Saturday’s triumph against Preston.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.

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