Leeds United’s Ezgjan Alioski lasted only 12 minutes in Monday’s Easter clash against Brentford at Griffin Park before he needed to be replaced by Stuart Dallas after picking up a clear injury issue.
The club have unfortunately confirmed today that the 27-year-old Macedonian needs to undergo surgery after a torn meniscus was discovered, and with only a few weeks left of the current 2018/19 campaign – even factoring in the possible extension for the Play-Offs – he certainly won’t recover in time so it’s season over with an expected timeframe of six to eight weeks.
???? | Gjanni Alioski to miss remaining games after tearing his meniscus in yesterday’s match with Brentford
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Quoted by the BBC, Director of Football Victor Orta said of the news.
“We are disappointed by the news. He has shown his quality throughout the year. He is a popular figure who always puts his team-mates first and sets an example for the younger players.”
Having lost back to back ties over the Easter weekend against Wigan Athletic and Brentford and the consequence to our automatic promotion hopes, it’s certainly going to come as a blow as we look to make the most of the Play-Off opportunity still available as Alioski has been a key player for manager Marcelo Bielsa this year, especially as he showed his versatility.
In 47 games across all competitions, he’s contributed seven goals and five assists.