With all the turmoil going on at Leeds United currently it can be easy to forget that they are still a football club, still in the middle of a Championship season.
Neil Redfearn’s men take on Cardiff City this weekend and today the boss spoke to the press at Thorp Arch regarding the fixture.
In his press conference the Leeds boss addressed some of the long-term injury absentees at the club.
He told the press, as reported by the official Leeds United Twitter account that Tommaso Bianchi and Zan Benedicic will not be fit before the end of the season – but that Aidy White will resume light training on Monday:
Redfearn says Aidy White is back in "light training" on Monday, Zan Benedicic remains "long term" & Bianchi is currently "mid-rehab". #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) April 9, 2015
That is grand news for White. He is out of contract in the summer and has not played since May 2014 because of his persistent injury problems.
As for Bianchi, it was expected he would miss the rest of the season when he had a knee operation in February.
Benedicic on the other hand is a wholly disappointing blow. Leeds fans were excited to see plenty of the Slovenian in action when he arrived from AC Milan on loan last summer. But he has been out since September with a serious knee injury. It looks like he won’t be playing for Leeds again.
On the more immediate front, Redfearn confirmed that Giuseppe Bellusci will be back for Saturday and that Lewis Cook was looking forward to his return, although Saturday may still prove too soon for him:
Redfearn hopes to have Bellusci available again on Saturday: "Monday came too quick for him, he had a slight calf problem." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) April 9, 2015
Redfearn says Lewis Cook is "chomping at the bit to return" - "He's been a big loss for us. He's had a great first season." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) April 9, 2015
Here’s hoping both are back soon so that Leeds can continue fighting to the end of what has been a very difficult season off the pitch, but one which has shown late promise off of it.