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Paul Robinson has said the return of Diego Llorente for the game against Brighton on Saturday is a “massive boost” for the club.
Llorente has only made one appearance for Leeds, coming on for the injured Robin Koch against Chelsea before getting injured again himself.
He was expected to return for the Leeds Under-23s on Monday and it left fans fearing the worst when he wasn’t in the squad.
However, it was said afterwards that the plan changed after the Crawley defeat, with no first-team players involved.
Llorente has been in training this week and was declared fit by Bielsa in his pre-match press conference.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “He’s been really unlucky in his Leeds career so far.
“He went away and got injured on international duty. Then he got injured again after his debut for Leeds.
“He’s not had the best of luck so it’s about time that changed for him.
“It’s strange how Bielsa felt fit to play Cooper and Struijk down at Crawley, yet he’s waited to play Llorente.
“But it’s really positive that he’s back and it’s a massive boost for Leeds that he’s fit for Saturday’s game.”
If Bielsa chooses to play Llorente in the centre of defence with Cooper, it would see Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas move to right and left-back respectively.
The big question is whether Bielsa thinks he’s fit to start after not getting any minutes with the Under-23s on Monday.
If he’s on the bench, Ayling will continue in the centre, with Dallas on the right and Gjanni Alioski on the left.
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