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Could Luke Murphy's injury speed up Leeds' transfer business?

The 25-year-old Leeds midfielder's injury may force the club to step up their pursuit of a new man.

Leeds United's loss of Luke Murphy to injury for several weeks could kick the club's pursuit of a new midfielder into gear.

The Yorkshire side have recently been linked with moves for Joey Barton - although interest is said to have cooled in favour of Steve Sidwell, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Whoever the Whites move for, however, any bid is likely to be acted upon quicker now that Murphy will miss pre-season.

On the injury, boss Uwe Rosler told Leeds' official website

"I rate him very highly from my time in League One when he was playing for Crewe. Nobody wants to miss the pre-season but we have good medical staff and sports science - we will get him up to speed in one-to-one sessions and in the team work.

"When you have such a dedicated player like Luke, he will also do a lot of his own training to get up to speed. I don’t think that will be a problem."

A confident reassurance - but pre-season remains vital to a player's fortunes nevertheless. So many have, in the past, suffered all campaign-long through missing it - however hard-working Murphy undoubtedly is.

That's why, as Leeds were already reportedly looking at a new midfielder, they will now surely be looking with even more urgency, as they'll want someone who can get up to speed in terms of pre-season where Murphy will be lagging behind after injury.

The new signing will need to add to the United side but, now, will likely have to fill in for Murphy at least at the start of the campaign. The 25-year-old's injury is no doubt a nuisance to Leeds' plans. And, despite Rosler's reassurances, the German will likely know deep down it should kick the Whites' search for a new midfielder into another gear.

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