Leeds United are in for a massive boost this week with the return of international centre-back Robin Koch.
In his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Aston Villa last Saturday, Bielsa said that fans could expect to see Koch back in the first week of March.
He also said, “I hope he will be back with the same type of power and performances prior to his injury.”
We’re now in the first week of March and the Leeds Under-23s have two games this week.
The first is this afternoon against Crystal Palace at the CPFC Academy. There’s a chance that Koch could see his first action since the start of December in this game.
If this afternoon comes too soon, the Leeds Under-23s play again on Friday afternoon, against Wolves at the Aggborough Stadium.
Another player who could be seen for the first time in a long time is Gaetano Berardi, with the centre-back also on the comeback trail.
If Koch does make the game today and gets another 45 minutes against Wolves, it’s possible that he could make the first-team bench for the game against West Ham next Monday.
That would be a huge boost for Leeds, with Koch signed as both a centre-back and cover for Kalvin Phillips in the holding midfield position.
Phillips has been missing for the past four games and we’ve really struggled without him, losing three of them.
Having Koch back would limit the impact of Phillips being out. And it would also see Bielsa have three senior centre-backs to choose from, with Pascal Struijk as back-up.
That will really help shore up the defence in a season where Leeds have struggled at the back.
We’ll be waiting for the Under-23s team news with bated breath today.
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