Leeds boss suggests date for potential debut for Granddi Ngoyi

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Neil Redfearn hopes to have Leeds United midfielder Granddi Ngoyi available for a fortnight's time to make his debut.

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn says the best case scenario for new signing Granddi Ngoyi is he can play in a fortnight's time.

Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds that the midfielder's injury rehabilitation is going well, and he hopes to get him playing in a practice game next week before potentially considering him for the matchday squad.

He said: "We're hoping he can join in with us next week, which is a blank week which is good for us. We can arrange a game we can get him involved in hopefully and get him some of that.

"He's been out quite a while now. Whether next Saturday is too early I don't know but the good news is he's back."

Ngoyi has not featured at all since making a January loan move from Italian Serie A side Palermo, due to injury.

If the Frenchman is available in a fortnight's time, that would be the Championship fixture at home to Nottingham Forest on March 14th.

Leeds have just lost Rodolph Austin to injury, with the midfielder expected to be out for just over a fortnight, and while it would be ideal if Ngoyi is ready now, his imminent return is good news for the club.

Redfearn's side are lacking in terms of midfield cover, which Ngoyi was brought in on loan to provide.

It may be that he is not ready to start against Forest, but even if he were able to feature on the bench, it would be positive progress, when previously it had seemed his time at the club could land up not getting started at all.

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