Leeds United’s latest training video seems to include some positive news on the injury front, with Archie Gray seen in the gym in the early stages as he makes his way back from an ankle problem.
Gray has not been in Jesse Marsch’s squad since the opening day of the Premier League season. And for much of that time, he has been sidelined with injury.
Initially, Marsch confirmed in early October that he had broken his toe at home. But the hope was that the injury was not too serious.
Archie Gray seen in Leeds training video
However, the Leeds boss subsequently suggested ahead of the game with Tottenham last month that an ankle problem had emerged. And with that, he was facing a further six to eight weeks on the sidelines.
Obviously, the World Cup helped limit the amount of games Gray would be unavailable for. But it still seemed a big blow for the Whites, particularly given the lack of depth we seem to have in the middle of the park.
Six weeks would have taken us up until just before Christmas. But it seems that Gray is making good progress.
Leeds posted their latest training video on their YouTube channel ahead of their mid-season friendly with Real Sociedad. And at around 28 seconds, Gray can be seen walking on the treadmill behind Brenden Aaronson.
It must be noted that he does not appear to be involved when the squad take to the pitch. So it would seem that he is still working away from the main group. But it is a positive that he is back in the gym, particularly when you consider where the injury was.
It did appear that this season may be a breakout year for Gray. He featured in pre-season. And he was named on the bench for the game against Wolves.
So it is a disappointment that he is still yet to make his debut. But it is surely still a matter of time before that first-team chance comes his way.