Daniel Farke reveals 'sad news' on Djed Spence injury amid surgery verdict on Leeds United loanee from Tottenham
Djed Spence is set to be out for “several weeks” due to injury but the Leeds United loanee will not need surgery, Daniel Farke has revealed.
The Whites boss said after the 3-0 win at Millwall on 17 September, as per Leeds Live’s Beren Cross, that it was “sad news” that the on-loan Tottenham right-back has “done his lateral ligament” and will be out for an extended period.
Spence was potentially in line for his first start at The Den on Sunday until Farke revealed in his pre-match press conference (15 September) that an issue he picked up in training had left him a “major doubt”.
It now appears it will be some time before he is seen in a Leeds United shirt again, leaving Luke Ayling to continue in the line up.
It is a minor relief that Spence won’t require surgery but this is still a major blow for the Englishman and his manager after he arrived from Spurs just before the transfer window shut.
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Having let Cody Drameh leave on loan to Birmingham City in a move which could end up leaving the squad short next summer, and with Sam Byram needed over on the left, it will mean Ayling has to stay fit and in form.
Jamie Shackleton is probably capable of filling in as well, as he is in most areas, but after shelling out a loan fee to bring Spence in based on his stand-out performances for Nottingham Forest two seasons ago it is a frustration he will miss a series of matches.
Spence was impressive in his brief cameo off the bench against Sheffield Wednesday prior to the international break, and would surely have been in line for more action sooner rather than later.
But clearly that is now going to be later, as the endless injury worries at Elland Road continue for one of the most recent arrivals.
The result at Millwall was a major statement of intent after a chaotic summer but the Spence news may dampen the jubilation slightly for Farke.
In other Leeds United news, a “devastating” Whites trio stunned a Sky Sports pundit as Millwall were left “incensed”.