Luke Murphy twisted his knee in pre-season training with Leeds United.
Murphy is currently out of action due to a pre-season training injury he sustained, and he has admitted to the official Leeds website that he will start the season behind many of his teammates.
The midfielder said: “I just want to get back as soon as possible, help the lads and fight my way back into the team. They’re going to have a month of hard work whereas I might not be able to do what they’re doing.
“When they’re fully match fit come the start of the season, I might not be. That’s where I need to play on my own and work hard, staying longer after training and then trying to catch up with the fitness they’ve got. Hopefully I can do that and fight back in.”
With new Leeds head coach Uwe Rosler planning to utilise a high-pressing system at Elland Road this coming campaign, much of the pre-season has been spent doing fitness work.
Players need to be at the peak of their physical attributes if they are to be able to perform in such a system, and Murphy cannot take part in these sessions whilst his knee is still causing him issues.
That means he will be training by himself, and will have to catch up with his fit teammates when they are already working on tactical preparation - or even when the season starts properly.
Having impressed so highly towards the end of last season, it was expected that Murphy would be a key player this coming campaign, but now he is set to start weeks behind his teammates.
It could prove damaging to Murphy in his search for a key first-team role in the 2015/16 season, and the 25-year-old will be hoping that his injury does not impact too heavily when the Championship season starts in earnest.