Leeds United: Hockaday pins hope on Aidy recovery

Aidy White cheers the travelling Leeds fans as he is stretchered off the pitch.  Picture by Bruce Rollinson
Aidy White cheers the travelling Leeds fans as he is stretchered off the pitch. Picture by Bruce Rollinson
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DAVID HOCKADAY is keeping his fingers crossed that Aidy White will only be sidelined for between two to three weeks after he was stretchered off in Saturday’s 2-2 friendly draw at Chesterfield.

White has some swelling of the outside of his foot/ankle and the United head coach is hoping that he has only sustained minor ligament damage, which would restrict his absence to just a few weeks.

On White, who came off in the second half at the Proact Stadium, Hockaday said: “Hopefully, it will be nothing more sinister than that and it will just be two to three weeks.

“We are hoping that is it.”

Matt Smith, who took a whack on his back before half-time at the weekend, should be available for tomorrow’s clash at Swindon, with Rudy Austin, who also took a knock, also fit.

Alex Mowatt will also travel with the squad.

David Norris (thigh) will be assessed, while Noel Hunt and Zac Thompson did some light running yesterday and aren’t too far away from a return.

Hockaday has also revealed that the club will know more about the extent of Lewis Walters’ injury in the next few days, with the young striker having suffered a potentially serious knee cartilage problem.