Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that the injury crisis at Leeds United has just got a whole lot worse, with the news that Diego Llorente is out for the game on Friday night.
That comes on top of the news that Robin Koch is out until spring after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.
Llorente has suffered a muscle problem and will be out for two to three weeks. Luke Ayling will play at centre-back on Friday night.
The news was relayed by Mirror journalist David Anderson.
Marcelo Bielsa has reported a fresh injury for Llorente. He has suffered a muscle problem and will be out for 2-3 weeks. He also said Koch will be out for up to 3 months after having knee surgery. Ayling will partner Cooper at centre-back against West Ham. #LUFC
— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) December 9, 2020
Bielsa was talking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash against West Ham on Friday night.
Mini-crisis for Leeds
Well this isn’t good at all.
There were rumours of a Llorente injury after the centre-back was spotted holding his leg towards the end of the game against Chelsea.
Losing both Llorente and Koch in the same week, though, makes this a crisis for Leeds.
The news about Koch was a real body blow for Leeds and the player who is still hoping to be back in time to get in the Germany squad for the Euros next summer.
He had really started to settle in at Leeds and the news that he was carrying an injury makes his performances even more impressive.
However, Leeds will have to do without him for a few months now and that is going to leave them short at the back – especially with the news about Llorente on top.
West Ham have their own injury problems, with Michail Antonio likely to miss the game, leaving the striker’s spot open for Sebastien Haller or even Said Benrahma.
We think this is a winnable game for Leeds and it’s the sort of game they’re going to need to win if they want to get in the top-half of the Premier League.
There will still be no fans to see the game at Elland Road, with the stadium still in Tier 3, and that’s an ongoing tragedy.
However, the match is on Sky Sports on Friday night which is the next best consolation for fans.
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