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no operation for doukara but leeds striker could be replaced

no operation for doukara but leeds striker could be replaced


Dave Hockaday says Souleymane Doukara’s ruptured ankle ligaments won’t need surgery, but the striker will be out for at least a month.

Doukara only joined Leeds in the summer, but his place in the side could be under threat if Mirco Antenucci’s deal is completed following talks in Leeds today.

Hockaday complained that Doukara was the victim of a “really bad tackle” from Middlesbrough’s George Friend on Saturday, and told the YEP: “He doesn’t need an operation, he’ll get an injection which will tighten everything up and hopefully speed up the healing process.”

The deal to bring thirty-year old striker Antenucci to Leeds from Ternana has been moving along since Kieran Agard’s move from Rotherham fell down over personal terms; Antenucci has travelled further than Agard to have discussions with Cellino today, his agent usefully providing a selfie from the boat to the airport.

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— Silvio Pagliari (@silviopagliari) August 20, 2014

Even with Doukara out of contention, another striker doesn’t seem like top of United’s priorities after last night’s defeat to Brighton at Elland Road; an insipid first half performance was barely improved upon in the second, with midfield – and the easy defeat of the diamond – the major culprit for the 2–0 loss.