By Dave Woods

7th Dec, 2019 | 11:35am

BBC: This is what is wrong with Liam Cooper, status for Leeds clash v Hull

Leeds United centre-back Liam Cooper has been ruled out of the Championship clash against Huddersfield on Saturday.

He has picked up a slight knock, according to BBC Radio Leeds, but they have said that he should be fit for the game against Hull on Tuesday.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth posted on twitter to say it was a slight calf issue.

It’s bad timing for Leeds, as Ben White has moved into the defensive midfield position for the game today with Kalvin Phillips suspended after picking up five yellows.

Gaetano Berardi and Luke Ayling will be the two centre-backs, which is a big change for Leeds, who currently have the best defensive record in the Championship.

It means that Gjanni Alioski goes to left-back and Stuart Dallas plays at right-back.

 

Marcelo Bielsa had said that White would be moving into midfield in his press conference on Thursday, and the absence of Cooper hasn’t changed his mind on this.

It will be fascinating to see how Leeds cope, with an almost completely different backline as they look for their sixth win in a row.

The rest of the side is as expected, with Patrick Bamford leading the line and Eddie Nketiah on the bench.

Huddersfield have their own injury problems and they don’t score many goals. They’re currently in 19th place in the league, without a win in four, and they’ve scored just 22 goals in 19 games.

The game kicks off at 12.30pm and is live on Sky Sports.

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