Noel Whelan has revealed his devastation after Leeds United striker Ryan Edmondson was ruled out for up to four months with an injury sustained training on loan at Aberdeen.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds forward admits he was excited to see what the teenage talent could do after his temporary switch to Scotland this summer.

Aberdeen confirmed on Wednesday that the 19-year-old had returned to Leeds after he suffered an ankle injury in training that will keep him out of action for “three to four months”.

Whelan admits he is devastated for the promising talent and insists there is little worse as a footballer than picking up a serious injury blow early on in the new campaign.

Whelan told Football Insider: “He’s waited for his opportunity for a long, long time – to get a good move to a good Scottish Premiership side in Aberdeen, very disappointing because that’s where you want to see him.

“You want to see him growing into a player we thought he might be and I’m sure he was thinking the same thing. It’s one of your worst nightmares getting an injury so early on at the start of the season because you really want to get yourself bedded in and get on a bit of a roll, playing matches and minutes under your belt.

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“Now that’s completely stopped, that amount of time is a long amount of time to be missing any kind of football and training.

“It’s really going to put him back again and it’s going to test his strength of mind and character as to how strong he comes back when he gets repaired.” 

Edmondson’s one and only appearance for Aberdeen came as a substitute in a 1-0 defeat to Rangers on the opening day of the Premiership season.

He has just two first-team games under his belt for Leeds, both of which have come off the bench in the Championship.

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