By Anthony Onifade

18th Sep, 2023 | 5:10pm

Leeds United injury news as Daniel Farke handed untimely crisis with Djed Spence now out for up to eight weeks

Leeds United defender Djed Spence has now been ruled out for eight weeks after suffering lateral collateral damage in training, the club have confirmed.

The Whites, taking to their official website (18 September) shared that the Tottenham loanee will return to action in two months and they do not expect he will require surgery.

Whites boss Daniel Farke 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”.

But it’s now been shared that Spence will be out of action for two months.

Huge blow

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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.

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.

Spence certainly arrived at Elland Road with much optimism and anticipation despite his struggles in North London last season where he very rarely featured in Spurs’ dreadful campaign.

His performances for Nottingham Forest the season before last certainly marked him out as one of the country’s most exciting young full-backs and he was expected to reach those levels again this season.

However, the Elland Road faithful will now face an unfortunate wait to see him in full-flow in an unfortunate new injury blow for the player and Farke which also now leaves the Whites short of options at full-back with Luke Ayling the only specialist right-back.

With Leeds facing a heavy turnaround of games in the coming weeks, what will Farke muster up if the Elland Road veteran were to get injured too? It’s now a definite untimely crisis on the German’s hands.

In other Leeds United news, one summer Elland Road-linked player shares why he rejected the chance to join after an £8m deal was agreed.