Leo Hjelde is unlikely to play for Leeds United’s first team again this season due to injury, according to LeedsLive.
The outlet claim Hjelde, 18, is recovering from a knee injury that has sidelined him since being sent off in the 3-0 defeat at Everton on February 12.
It is understood that Leeds will decide in the coming weeks whether or not the Norwegian Under-21 defender will undergo knee surgery.
Hjelde has played for Leeds United‘s senior side three times since joining from Celtic in the summer.
He was also absolutely brilliant in those three appearances, playing as both a left centre-back and a left-back.
Hjelde was often on Marcelo Bielsa’s bench in the Premier League.
He made 11 matchday shifts until his injury against Everton last month, showing he was a regular part of the former manager’s senior squad at Elland Road.
Jesse Marsch would probably have brought in Hjelde had he been available at Leicester on Saturday because the young Norwegian defender has really been so good.
It’s really a shame that he misses the rest of the season.
Hopefully that shouldn’t hamper his progress so much as there are less than three months left until the end of the season.
However, it’s still a blow for the promising young defender, who looks like he could cement his place in the first team next season from what we’ve seen this season.
In other Leeds United news, Marsch was angered by a senior Leeds player in the loss to Leicester.