By Josh Grainger
It has emerged in the media today that Neil Warnock has finally broken his silence on when forwards Ross McCormack and Davide Somma will return to training.
McCormack, 26, hasn’t featured for the Whites since he suffered a serious ankle injury, in the opening minutes
against his former club Cardiff City, on September 15th. The Scottish international underwent ankle surgery after the match, and it was revealed after his operation that he wouldn’t be fit to feature until Christmas. Since then however, McCormack has been dropping various clues on his Twitter account, hinting that he may be on schedule to make an earlier return than first expected. Despite McCormack’s tweets, Neil Warnock has been quick to put down such rumours claiming that McCormack was still along way to playing again. Earlier today however the Leeds manager has said that both McCormack and long term absentee, Davide Somma will both return to full training next week.
Whilst McCormack’s injury has seemed to be lengthy this season, it has been nothing in the wait to see Davide Somma return to action. Somma, 27, has not featured in any form of match since the end of the 2010-12 season. The South African had revealed, via his Twitter page, that he had torn his anterior cruciate ligaments, and would be out for some time. Manager at the time, Simon Grayson, was angered by the fact that Somma had announced the news before any club statement had been released, and consequently banned all Leeds players from the Social Network site. Somma has had a
treacherous absence since then, having been sidelined for over a season. Somma had been one of the players of the season in Leeds’ return to the Championship, and it was a crucial blow to the side.
Somma’s power and pace style was missed last season, and the side could really do with his ability in the final third this season. Whilst Somma is returning to full training next week, it will still be a lengthy wait before he regains full fitness, having not featured for over a year.
McCormack has made six starts in all competitions for the Whites so far this season, scoring just one goal, which came in the 3-3 draw with Blackburn Rovers. McCormack’s creativity has been clearly missed by the side, whilst El-Hadji Diouf has partially made up for the lacking inspiration, it can’t help but be felt that if McCormack hadn’t suffered his injury, Leeds may stand in a considerably higher league position.
It may be not be a number of weeks before we see Davide Somma make a return to the match day squad, whereas McCormack may return to the bench or even the starting eleven, within the next week or two.
It’s certainly a bit of good news, in what has been an unlucky season so far for the Whites, on the injury front.
Leeds travel to Turf Moor tomorrow to take on Burnley, and be sure to look out for my preview which will be published tomorrow.
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