Leeds United fans can breathe a sigh of relief after Liam Cooper emerged unscathed from Scotland’s 1-0 defeat to Slovakia on Sunday.

Cooper, 29, has returned from each of the last two international breaks with an injury, missing the opening day defeat to Liverpool and then the clashes with Wolves and Aston Villa in October.

Although his injuries have been minor, it’s still frustrating that the Scotland international has missed three matches in which the Whites have lost twice and conceded four goals.

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It also hasn’t helped Cooper build up his relationship with Robin Koch, who’s played alongside the ex-Hull defender in the heart of Leeds’ defence when both are available to play.

But, thankfully, Cooper seems as though he will be available to play against Arsenal at Elland Road next Sunday as long as he doesn’t suffer a setback in training or picks up a knock against Israel on Wednesday.

However, with the way Steve Clarke has rotated his side in these three-match international breaks this season, there’s a chance that Cooper will drop to the bench for the away clash with Israel in the UEFA Nations League.

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While it was great to see Cooper stay fit and play all 90 minutes against Slovakia in Trnava, it was also promising that the Leeds centre-back shone despite the 1-0 defeat.

Stats by WhoScored show that Cooper won four tackles against Slovakia and no other player on the pitch managed to complete as many.

Cooper also won more aerial duels than any other player on both sides [7] and also managed to make two clearances and four interceptions.

Leeds’ captain was a rock at the back for Scotland and we hope to see more of the same from him on Sunday against Arsenal with him likely to be available for Marcelo Bielsa.

In other Leeds United news, Joachim Low delivered his thoughts on Koch’s performance in Germany’s midfield on Saturday.


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