Leeds United winger Willy Gnonto is going to be out until mid-October after injuring his ankle last week against Hull City.
The Whites are going to have to cope without Willy Gnonto for the upcoming run of games in the Championship, but didn’t make it look like a major setback against Watford.
A stunning attacking performance saw Leeds put three past the Hornets with Joel Piroe, Sam Byram, and Jaidon Anthony firing Leeds to a fully deserved win – with the Italian buzzing at full time as he danced with Crysencio Summerville.
Gnonto injury latest: Surgery needed
Gnonto struggled to carry on after a collision with Hull City’s Scott Twine in midweek, forced off after around 20 minutes with an ankle issue.
It has since been confirmed that the Italian has sustained ligament damage in his ankle, which Daniel Farke confirmed post-Watford (via the YEP) that it will require surgery, but luckily, not on the actual ligament, but on a bone in the player’s ankle:
“He’s done his ligament. He also needs a little surgery but not because of the ligament but because there’s so little bone that has to be cleaned, so he will be out I guess until the next international break.”
Gnonto was still in attendance for the home win, though, seen bouncing around at full-time, drawing attention to Summerville in front of the South Stand, donning a protective boot as well.
Which games will he miss?
An absence until the October international break means that Gnonto’s absence isn’t actually that long-term, only set to miss another three games for the club.
Before that October break, Leeds face Southampton away, and then back-to-back home games against QPR and then Bristol City.
Gnonto returning on schedule would see him back for the trip to David Wagner’s Norwich City, Farke’s former club.
As much as it’s a major blow, it really helps when you have other wingers in encouraging form such as Dan James going top of the assist rankings despite not being great, along with Summerville and then Anthony off the bench scoring a superb goal.
Gnonto is one of the most dangerous players on the pitch when he gets the ball, and it’s a loss not to have him, but we can currently afford to have a winger missing.
He’ll be itching to get back to it when he returns after the international break, and it’s a big test waiting for him at Norwich.