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Leeds United's Alex Mowatt doesn't require surgery

30 April 2014

Leeds United teenager Alex Mowatt does not require surgery after being stretchered off with a knee injury in last weekend's win at Birmingham City.

Manager Brian McDermott feared the 19-year-old midfielder could be ruled out long-term when he jarred his knee in stoppage time at St Andrew's after going on as a second-half substitute.

But further examination has allayed fears Mowatt has sustained long-term damage and he is expected to rejoin the rest of the squad for pre-season training later this summer.

"He's fine and he won't need an operation," McDermott said as staff and players enjoyed a day out at academy sponsors Flamingo Land on Tuesday.

"We've had him looked at but there's nothing serious there. It's a relief for everyone and for him most of all."

Doncaster-born Mowatt made his first-team breakthrough this season, making his league debut at Millwall in September.

Mowatt, who made his debut for England Under-19s against Turkey last month, has made a total of 31 appearances for Leeds this season.

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