Marcelo Bielsa had some positive news for Leeds United fans when he issued an update on the progress forward Izzy Brown is making towards a return to action.
The 21-year-old is on loan at Elland Road from Chelsea but has yet to turn out for the Whites while he recovers from a cruciate ligament injury.
Brown is now fit enough to play again and has been lined up to play the full 90 minutes for Leeds’ Under-23s against Sheffield United this evening (November 26).
However, his manager added that it will take the youngster time to be fully ready for his first-team bow, given how long he has been out of action.
“He still needs more time,” Bielsa told The Yorkshire Evening Post.
“It’s well known that he hasn’t played for the last year.
The Argentine will not be rushing Brown’s return to action and cautioned against expecting too much, too soon from the England Under-21 international.
“To be fit is an important condition but it’s not the only one to be able to play at a high competition level.
“He will need several games to reach his full level again.”
The news about Brown being back in action will likely be welcomed by Leeds fans, but the longer it takes him to make a first-team appearance, the more his return will be anticipated.
Some may also have expected that he would have been further along with his recovery by now.
However, Bielsa seems keen to slowly introduce him into the first team, perhaps with an eye on him being ready to play a role during a testing run of fixtures over the festive period.
Following the midweek Championship trip to Reading, Leeds will play six matches in December – a series of games for which Bielsa will need as many players available as possible.
The Whites got back to winning ways at the weekend with a 2-0 win over Bristol City and they remain third in the table.