Leeds United fans are worried about this weekend’s game against Crystal Palace after Phil Hay relayed an update on Marcelo Bielsa’s team news.
The Athletic journalist posted via his personal Twitter account on Thursday that Rodrigo is out due to a positive COVID-19 test, Raphinha is a doubt and Diego Llorente will miss out.
From Bielsa's presser – Rodrigo obviously out of the Palace trip. Will be evaluated next week. Llorente still missing too. Raphinha has a chance but a decision will be made on him tomorrow. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) November 5, 2020
Llorente, 27, hasn’t made an appearance for Leeds since joining in a deal worth around £18million in the last transfer window due to his current injury.
The Spain international made the bench for the Manchester City game but has missed the three matches since and his absence is now set to continue this weekend and into the international break.
It’s a shame that we’re having to wait so long for Llorente’s debut and Leeds fans are starting to worry by his prolonged absence while another wants him back to he can replace Liam Cooper in the back-line.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Cooper at CB again is going to end badly. He’s not good enough for PL
— tom (@tom28542744) November 5, 2020
— Ben (@benji_coops) November 5, 2020
Is Llorente actually a real player Phil? 🤔
— Róisín (@roisingaughan) November 5, 2020
Llorente is one of them who’ll play 3 games over 2 seasons, then disappear
— Connor (@Connor1LV) November 5, 2020
Llorente doesn't actually exist. He's just Conor Shaugnessy with hair dye isn't he Phil
— Chris McMenamy (@cmcmenamy95) November 5, 2020
Sound. Nearly £70 million in pre-season transfers injured and out. https://t.co/jwhFyvEsDD
— Only fools and Premier League (@WAFLL_92) November 5, 2020
Llorente is obviously a top centre-back if he gets into the Spain squad while BBC Sport has reported that he can also play in the midfield.
With Kalvin Phillips also injured, it would have been handed to have someone like Llorente to replace the England international when he’s injured but Leeds are suffering blows in similar areas of the pitch with Cooper also having his fitness concerns this season.
Palace have had a good start to the season and are not going to be an easy team to beat this weekend.
But this is a good match for the Whites to try and bounce back in after their defeat to Leicester on Monday.
Let’s hope they do and we have confidence in Cooper’s ability to be able to lead a solid defensive display against the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.
In other Leeds United news, Graham Smyth’s shared an update on QSI.