Leeds United's Laurens de Bock endures nightmare return from injury

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Laurens de Bock is on loan at Jupiler League outfit Oostende from Championship giants Leeds United.

Laurens De Bock of Leeds United runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

If Laurens de Bock has any chance of forcing his way back into Leeds United’s first-team plans, he needs to make a real impression on loan at Oostende.

A £1.5 million January signing from Club Brugge, the Belgian left-back made just seven Championship appearances for The Whites in the second half of last season. And, after struggling badly in heavy defeats against the likes of Reading and Millwall, it didn’t take long for De Bock to lose his place.

 

Leeds paid £5 million to sign Scotland international and set piece specialist Barry Douglas from Wolves and De Bock returned to Belgium with a season-long loan at Oostende just a few weeks later.

And his return to the Jupiler League hasn’t exactly gone to plan so far. De Bock made his return to the first-team after six weeks out with injury on Sunday but his comeback did not have the desired effect.

Yohan Boli and Laurens De Bock fight for the ball during the Jupiler Pro League match between Sint-Truidense V.V. and KV Oostende at Stayen on September 1, 2018 in Sint-Truiden, Belgium.

Oostende were thrashed 4-0 at home by Gent. They are now 10th in the 16 team Jupiler League.

And, as it stands, a long term future at Leeds looks unlikely with Douglas and youngster Tom Pearce available to Marcelo Bielsa, who has also fielded Stuart Dallas at left-back when required.

Jed Wallace of Millwall and Laurens De Bock of Leeds United in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Millwall at Elland Road on January 20, 2018 in Leeds,...

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