Leeds United winger Ian Poveda has suffered a fractured fibula while on loan at Championship side Blackburn Rovers.
The 21-year-old winger suffered the injury at Bristol City on Saturday and was immediately taken to hospital after being carried off the pitch on a stretcher. Poveda had the injury scanned and the results found a fracture and ligament damage to his left ankle.
Poveda is expected to return to Elland Road for treatment and rehabilitation. Rovers though remain in discussions with Leeds regarding the appropriate process. He will though need surgery to insert a plate in his ankle.
Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray admits it is a “blow” and “an even bigger blow” for the player.
Mowbray told Blackburn’s website: “The news isn’t particularly good, he’s broken his fibula and has some ligament damage.
“It’s a fracture and it’s not good news for him or us.
“We’ve been in touch with Leeds United and it looks as if he’ll have an operation to insert a plate. We’ll see what Leeds want to do because he’s their player, but he will be out for a significant period of time.
“We were looking forward to seeing the best of Ian and I feel he was acclimatising well. It’s a blow for us but an even bigger blow for him.”
The speedy Poveda was starting to find his feet in the second tier and had started the last two games with a goal and an assist.
Bielsa suggests January spending lull
Meanwhile, boss Marcelo Bielsa has cast serious doubts over whether the club will spend in the January transfer window.
Quoted by The Athletic’s Phil Hay, he says Bielsa already feels well backed by the club. Furthermore, any players he’s identified would likely cost the club £20m – £30m.
Hay wrote: “Bielsa asked about January window and whether he needs to add players. Says it would depend on getting better players than he has, and they can be expensive. Says adding to the group ‘should not be evaluated without looking at the economic possibilities’.”
Hay added: “Re-iterated again that he feels Leeds have already invested heavily in players on his watch. Says a lot of suitable players fall into the £20million/£30million bracket.”