Leeds United have moved to ease fears surrounding Izzy Brown’s loan spell at Elland Road.
Earlier this month Marcelo Bielsa admitted that new Leeds recruit Brown was nowhere near fit enough to feature for the first team.
The Chelsea midfielder has yet to make an appearance for United since arriving on a season-long loan at the end of August.
Brown has joined fellow Blues stars Jamal Blackman and Lewis Baker at Elland Road, but none of the Chelsea contingent have yet to start for Bielsa, with only Baker making a substitute appearance to date.
Brown is still recovering from a long-term knee injury and has not played since he picked up the injury playing for Brighton in January and fans have voiced their concern about his situation.
“It’s (Brown) a very different case. It’s been a long time since he played, he hasn’t played football with us so far. It’s impossible to say when he will be fit. It won’t be a short time,” said Bielsa last month.
But managing director Angus Kinnear has moved to clarify the situation and wrote in today’s programme notes: “…Patrick’s injury has been well documented but I know there has been some frustration among fans that Izzy has not featured since his loan move from Chelsea.
“Victor and our medical staff were fully aware that Izzy’s likely return date would be January, and our head of medicine Rob Price has been working closely with Chelsea’s medical team to ensure an optimised and robust rehabilitation process.
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“The financials of the deal are structured accordingly with our club only making a material monetary contribution when Izzy is fight and fighting for a first-team place.”