Injury rules out Leeds United’s Luke Murphy for start of season

LEEDS UNITED midfielder Luke Murphy is set to undergo minor knee surgery, meaing he will miss the start of the 2015-16 season.

Luke Murphy

The 25-year-old could be out for up to seven weeks on the sidelines due to an injury suffered during training at Thorp Arch.

Rosler, whose side start the 2015-16 Championship term at home to Burnley on August 8, said: “He twisted his knee without anyone around him.

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“It was a very unlucky situation and the last minute of the training session. He’s already gone for a small procedure on his knee.

“I don’t think we’ll have him back ready to play in the first game against Burnley. We’ll be thinking between four and seven weeks, something in between that.

“It’s a minor thing but it had to be done. I’m sad for Luke because he really tried to impress and he finished last season strong.”

Murphy twisted a knee towards the end of a pre-season session last week and was sent for an operation after seeing a specialist.

The news is a blow to new head coach Uwe Rosler and will intensify the club’s search for another central midfielder.

Murphy - a £1m signing from Crewe in 2013 - rediscovered his form in the second half of last term having previously fallen out of favour at Elland Road.

Murphy is the only confirmed absentee ahead of Leeds’ first pre-season game at Harrogate Town tomorrow night.

On trial right-back Adam Drury is continuing to train with Leeds and could feature at Harrogate but goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has moved on after a brief trial at Thorp Arch.