Spotted: Picture suggests yet another major Leeds defender blow
By Richard Parks
Defender Conor Shaughnessy is a long way from being in contention to play for Leeds United, according to an image posted on the official Leeds Twitter account today (Tuesday).
It showed newly-appointed manager Paul Heckingbottom addressing the Leeds players in a meeting room at the club’s Thorp Arch headquarters.
The entire Leeds first-team squad were present, including injured players such as Luke Ayling and Shaughnessy.
Ayling was on crutches after being ruled out for the rest of the season following surgery on his ankle.
His fellow defender Shaughnessy also looked a long way from playing again as he sat down near the back of the room with his right leg in a protective boot as he nursed his recently sustained ankle injury.
???? | Before the side head out for training, Paul holds a team meeting to introduce himself pic.twitter.com/WEzluKD4UV
— Leeds United (@LUFC) February 6, 2018
The 21-year-old joined the United walking wounded on Tuesday of last week when he limped out of their 0-0 draw against Hull after just six minutes.
Former manager Thomas Christiansen subsequently claimed, as reported by Leeds Live, that the Irishman would be out for “weeks” rather than months.
But that prognosis now appears not only hugely optimistic but also virtually impossible, given that Shaughnessy’s ankle is still being protected and he does not appear close to returning to the training ground.
The defender has made 14 appearances for Leeds this season, as he has frequently been called upon to reinforce the backline.
In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that Heckingbottom has emerged from a three-man shortlist.
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