Leeds coach Neil Redfearn admits teenager Zan Benedicic is likely out injured for the season

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Neil Redfearn suggests loanee Zan Benedicic is unlikely to play for Leeds this season.

Zan Benedicic has played just 13 minutes of Championship football this season, and that may be all he gets.

The teenager is on loan from AC Milan, and made his league debut for the club in Neil Redfearn's first game as caretaker coach this season, as a substitute in a 1-0 win over Bolton.

The Leeds head coach, now permanent, has this week suggested he is done for the season, with his injury rehab taking it's toll.

Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds on Monday, when quizzed about a potential return: "No, I think he's probably out for the season.

"It's a long term one."

Benedicic sustained a serious knee injury last year, with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting in November it would keep him out 'until the New Year'. There was no suggestion at that stage it would be a season ending injury.

The Slovenian has not returned to AC Milan, but convincing Leeds to shell out for his services at the end of the season is going to be highly difficult.

The club have other priorities in terms of players on loan they will want to keep permanently, with Sol Bamba at the top of the list.

Unless there is a way to take a gamble on him as a free transfer if Milan allow it, it could just be that Benedicic's time at Leeds is a write-off, and he won't be seen in the famous white shirt again.

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