Somma set for Leeds exit after injury setback

A latest knee operation could well spell the end for injury-ravaged Davide Somma’s career with Leeds United, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The 28-year-old South African has made just six appearances in two seasons for Leeds since he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in the summer of 2011 and is ruled out of the last two matches of the season, after an operation to repair damaged cartilage in his knee following a substitute appearance against Burnley last Tuesday.

With an extension to his current contract at Elland Road already unlikely, last week’s operation, the third time he has been under the knife as a Leeds player, could well mean he has played his final match for the club. Leeds manager Brian McDermott said: “He’s not okay. He’s done his cartilage and he’s had an operation. It’s very unfortunate for him. I don’t know exactly how serious it is at the moment but he needed it done.”

Somma enjoyed a positive first season in West Yorkshire, coring 11 times in 29 league appearances before his injury curse struck. And, despite continued attempts to secure a new deal, Somma’s case may not be helped as new manager McDermott begins to look at reshaping his squad ahead of his first full season with the club after the weekend’s 1-0 loss to Birmingham ruled out any possibility of a play-off spot.

Of the defeat, defender Jason Pearce said: “They had a couple of chances, long-range efforts, and we had a couple too. It could have gone either way. But it had 0-0 written all over it. The manager said to us ‘next year, that result doesn’t happen. We make sure it doesn’t happen. We get the point and we move on.”

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