By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

28th Aug, 2021 | 10:30am

Paul Robinson predicts Diego Llorente to start for Leeds United in clash v Burnley

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Paul Robinson predicts Diego Llorente will make his first Premier League appearance of the season for Leeds United when they play Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday.

Llorente, 28, missed the defeat at Manchester United and the 2-2 draw with Everton last week due to an injury.

However, he returned to action on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup win over Crewe at Elland Road.

The Spain international managed to play 45 minutes before being substituted off at half-time and if he’s ready this weekend, Robinson wants to see him get a full 90 minutes.

However, the ex-Leeds shot-stopper isn’t sure who will be dropped by Marcelo Bielsa for Llorente.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “Llorente should play.

It’ll be difficult to leave [Liam] Cooper or [Pascal] Struijk out because Struijk’s done really well, he’s been one of the best defenders.

Cooper’s the captain but Llorente was one of the best players towards the end of last season so if he is fit and can play 90 minutes, he comes in but as to leave out, it’ll be hard to choose between the two.

Bielsa also has options to play around with in the midfield with Adam Forshaw returning to action in the win over Crewe and playing the whole match.

However, Robinson feels Bielsa will name the same midfield that drew with Everton, so he only expects one change from the last Premier League game.

Robinson added: “I can’t really see him changing [the midfield] from the Everton game. There’s not a lot there you would change and I thought they played really well. They showed a lot of character.”

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