Young American goalkeeper Charlie Horton has been forced to cut short his Leeds United contract and return home due to a private family matter.
Charlie, a summer signing from Cardiff City, had featured twice for the Under-21s and was the substitute ‘keeper for Leeds' last seven matches.
The club said that the 21-year-old was leaving Elland Road with support and best wishes from both owner Massimo Cellino and head coach Steve Evans.
I’ve had to leave because of a private family matter back home. I ask people to respect my privacy while I handle it, as it is not a short-term matter.
I would like to thank all the fans for the amazing support and welcome they have shown me here. I’m disappointed that it’s over so soon, but Leeds will always hold a special place in my heart. I’ll always follow each game from across the pond. I wish them all the best.”
Massimo Cellino's disqualification as a director of Leeds United has been postponed.
Cellino now will be allowed to run the club until his appeal is heard by the Football League.
The Italian was banned last month after being found guilty of an offence under Italian tax legislation relating to the non-payment of VAT on the importation of a Land Rover vehicle.
Since then he has stated that he is willing to sell the club and agreed a deal in principle to allow supporters' group, Leeds Fans United to buy his controlling stake.
He has since turned his back on that deal and is now talking to other interested parties.
Leeds have enquired about taking out-of-favour Norwich striker Kyle Lafferty on loan.
The Northern Ireland frontman was in the form of his life throughout his country's successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, hitting seven goals in nine appearances, but has been unable to persuade Canaries boss Alex Neil of his value.
He has made just two appearances all season, with a paltry 13 minutes of Premier League action.
The 28-year-old knows that cannot continue if he is to reach the finals match fit and said earlier this week he would be forced to reassess his Norwich future if things did not change quickly.
And Leeds boss Steve Evans has been first to react.
He's done terrifically well for Northern Ireland and I have placed a call in to Alex Neil to see what the situation is.
Kyle needs to be playing.
Although out-of-favour at Carrow Road, Lafferty's availability could be complicated by the departure of Gary Hooper to Sheffield Wednesday.
The Irish Football Association told Press Association Sport the matter would be between the two clubs until Friday's friendly against Latvia, where Lafferty is expected to play a full 90 minutes to help with his conditioning.
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