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Leeds United forward Robert Snodgrass 'back in weeks'

Robert Snodgrass
Snodgrass joined Leeds from Livingston in 2008

Leeds United expect to be without forward Robert Snodgrass for weeks, rather than months.

The 22-year-old Scot had a second scan on Monday on the knee injury picked up in their friendly win over SK Brann in Norway last week.

Manager Simon Grayson told the club website: "Contrary to reports, Snoddy's injury isn't as bad as first feared.

"As ever, we don't put timescales on these things, but we expect to have Snoddy back sooner rather than later."

The former Livingston player was one of the stand-out performers last season, scoring nine goals in all competitions.

But he is one of three influential members of Grayson's squad that will miss the opening game of the new season against Derby County on Saturday.

Defender Patrick Kisnorbo is out until Christmas with an Achilles injury, while new forward Billy Paynter picked up a shin injury at the beginning of pre-season.

And with striker Max Gradel suspended for the first four games of the season, Grayson could be tempted to further bolster his squad before the weekend.

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