Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Lewis Cook has had a 'great' season.
Cook has stepped up from the youth ranks at Elland Road to become a key component in Leeds' first-team, and Redfearn has praised the 18-year-old's form.
Cook has made 38 appearances for the Whites this campaign and his consistently high standards received international recognition earlier this week.
The central midfielder was called up to the England U19s squad to face France, but he picked up an injury in the tie and Redfearn admits that Leeds will now have to protect the youngster.
"He’s the sort of lad who would play through an injury or tell you to strap it up and let him carry on but we won’t be taking any risks with him," Redfearn said. "He’s had a great season but we’re getting close to the end of it now so we’ll look after him.
“It looks like it’s ligament damage and that’s a blow. We’re not at the stage of knowing how bad it is yet but he’ll be struggling for Blackburn."
Leeds take on Blackburn on Saturday in a match which may not be of too much importance to either side.
Both Blackburn and Leeds look destined to finish in mid-table and they will already have one eye on next season, where Cook will be even more crucial.
As a result, Redfearn's cautious approach to bringing Cook back from injury is a smart one and Leeds will be hoping that when the youngster does return, he will be back to his best.