Leeds United goalkeeper Ross Turnbull faces a lengthy layoff after undergoing surgery on a broken ankle which he suffered in a friendly.
The former Chelsea and Middlesbrough stopper signed for the Whites in July and made his debut in the League Cup defeat at Doncaster Rovers.
However the club have confirmed the 30-year-old was injured in a behind-closed-doors friendly staged at Thorp Arch last week.
“He broke his ankle and he’s had an operation. I’m not a medical person but we’re looking at a long-term injury,” Leeds manager Uwe Rosler told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Turnbull was signed as backup to number one Marco Silvestri, so 21-year-old Charlie Horton is likely to step up onto the bench against Brighton on Saturday.
The USA youth international is also a new signing at Elland Road, having joined from Cardiff City in June.
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