By Sam Stone

22nd Dec, 2022 | 11:10am

Leeds United midfielder Keenan Carole undergoes successful knee surgery

Leeds United youngster Keenan Carole has undergone successful knee surgery after suffering an injury against Orihuela CF at the start of December.

Carole signed his first professional contract in the summer (5 July) with the 18-year-old agreeing on a two-year deal at Elland Road after impressing for the under-18s.

The midfielder had featured eight times for Michael Skubala’s under-21s before suffering an injury against the Spanish side. Leeds United’s academy Twitter page has since confirmed (21 December) that his rehabilitation has started after undergoing surgery.

Blow

The injury was a big blow for Carole after making a number of appearances for the under-21s team. He looks like a promising youngster, and he will be eager to get back on the pitch as soon as possible. However, knee injuries can be career-threatening, so it’s absolutely essential that he undergoes a thorough rehabilitation program to ensure he doesn’t suffer a similar injury in the future.

Carole would’ve likely been given a chance by Jesse Marsch, much like Sonny Perkins, Darko Gyabi and Mateo Joseph have been in recent months. Elland Road is proving an ideal environment for youngsters to develop and it will be refreshing to see some new names appear in the coming months.

Considering the 18-year-old can operate anywhere down the left flank, it’s likely he would’ve featured considering the Whites’ issues in the left-back area. Junior Firpo’s form has been an area of concern for Marsch, and the American is likely to delve into the transfer market to find a new left-back in January.

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