Leeds manager Brian McDermott has revealed defender Sam Byram may require surgery as he continues to suffer from a hip injury.
The 19-year-old has been out of contention since April, causing him to miss this summer's Under-20 World Cup, after pulling out of England's squad.
And with the problem showing no signs of leaving, McDermott feels the youngster may need an operation.
"He's had an injection and he's resting at the moment," McDermott told reporters at the club's latest press conference. "It might be that he needs an operation. We don't know at this stage. We'll see and we'll do what is best."
The right-back forced his way into the first team last season, and made 44 appearances during an impressive debut campaign.
Leeds celebrated victory on Saturday in their opening game of the season, beating Brighton 2-1 thanks to a late winner from Luke Murphy.
And McDermott's men are back in action at Elland Road tonight as they play Chesterfield in the opening round of the Capital One Cup, before they face a tough away trip to Leicester this weekend.
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