Leeds United boss Neil Warnock says Ramon Nunez looks set to miss the rest of the season.
The transfer listed Honduran international suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury recently in the development squad game with Wigan Athletic at Elland Road.
The news is disappointing for Warnock who was desperate to free up some wages to allow him to add to his small squad. Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Warnock said, “They are talking about him being out for the season. Ramon has not been part of my plans and never will be really.
“It is disappointing for both parties. I was hoping Ramon would have left the club earlier in the summer and it now looks like he will not be leaving until the end of this season, at least.”
Former Leeds boss Simon Grayson signed Nunez in the summer of 2010 on an initial short-term deal, which was extended until the end of the season the following January.
After making just two substitute appearances for Leeds in the first eight months of the season, he enjoyed a successful loan spell at Scunthorpe United.
Nunez scored three times in nine appearances for Scunthorpe as they battled against relegation from the championship.
Grayson rewarded the 26 year old with a new one-year deal at the end of the season.
Nunez broke into the Leeds side at the start of last season and he scored five times in his first six appearances. His early season form for Leeds saw him sign a new four-year deal at the start of October.
He made 18 appearances for Leeds before Grayson departed the club at the end of January.
He made just three appearances for Leeds following the arrival of Warnock towards the end of February, he failed to impress in his only start against Derby County in April, and he was substituted in the second half.
Nunez was placed on the transfer list at the end of last season despite having three years remaining on his current contract.
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