Snodgrass boost for Whites

Winger expected back sooner rather than later

Snodgrass: Knee injury not serious

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Leeds United have been boosted by the news that Robert Snodgrass' knee injury is not as bad as initially feared.

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The Scottish winger was on the end of a heavy challenge from David Nielsen in Leeds' pre-season win over Norwegian outfit SK Brann.

Manager Simon Grayson was worried that Snodgrass had sustained ligament damage, meaning a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

However, following a second scan on the injury on Monday, Grayson is pleased the 22-year-old will return sooner rather than later.

"Contrary to reports, Snoddy's injury isn't as bad as first feared," he told the club's official website.

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

Striker talks

Meanwhile, Grayson insists he wants Argentine striker Luciano Becchio to extend his Elland Road contract.

It had been suggested the fans' favourite could be allowed leave next summer when his deal expires, something the club swiftly denied.

Grayson has confirmed talks with the striker have already taken place and that he wanted Becchio, along with several other first-teamers in the final year of their deals, to remain.

"We want all of our best players to sign contracts and we've had negotiations with Luciano already," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"I don't know where those reports (about his contract) came from because they're utter rubbish.

"These things don't happen overnight but I don't want Luciano to be leaving this club. That goes for quite a few others as well."