As loan spells go, Granddi Ngoyi's time at Leeds is not turning out so well. Signed on loan in January from Palermo, the former French youth international is still to make his debut.
After signing and taking part in training, it was revealed he had a thigh injury and would be on the sidelines. Earlier this week head coach Neil Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds that Ngoyi was on his way to recovery.
In his Thursday press conference, the boss gave a new update to the same outlet, but his projection in terms of a potential debut for the Frenchman was pretty underwhelming, unable to predict a date any time soon.
He said: "To be fair he's quite a way on with his rehab, so I'm hoping he's going to be available before the end of the season, because the idea of bringing him in is so he can add competition for places."
Best case scenario?
Time is running out for Ngoyi to leave any kind of impression, positive at least, on his time at Leeds. There are 13 games left in the Championship, a figure which is quickly decreasing.
The best case scenario at this stage seems to be that Ngoyi gets a run of 10 games when he recovers, and shows what he can do.
Leeds are light on cover in central midfield so his return would be welcomed, but with Tuttomercatoweb previously reporting a permanent deal to sign him would cost two million euros, it's not likely to be a deal Leeds look like taking up at this point.
Redfearn's prognosis that Ngoyi could be back in time for the end of the season isn't awful, but it's not massively encouraging either, as after the disappointing and jaded display against Brighton, they could really do with him, or a player like him, as soon as possible.