Marcelo Bielsa has delivered a fitness update on Diego Llorente after the centre-back was forced off after 10 minutes in the game between Leeds United against Newcastle on Tuesday.

It was Llorente’s first start for Leeds but he quickly suffered a recurrence of his hamstring problem.

Now, Bielsa has confirmed that the centre-back will be out for three-to-four weeks.

Bielsa also said there were other knocks in the squad to face Leicester but “nothing serious”.

Bielsa was talking in his pre-match press conference from Thorp Arch ahead of the game against Leicester on Sunday.

What’s the future for Leeds?

It’s bad, if expected, news for Llorente, who hasn’t managed 90 minutes for Leeds since he arrived in a big-money deal in the summer.

And it leaves Leeds short at the back, with him, Gaetano Berardi and Robin Koch now sidelined.

What Leeds need to work towards is a stable pairing for next season.

Pascal Struijk is getting a good grounding in the Premier League and fans are starting to be won round by the youngster.

He’s got the height and the presence in the box. He’s also got a big opportunity to prove that he can be one of the main two at the back next season for Leeds.

If he can push on this season and take the opportunity with both hands, he could turn out to be one of the surprises of the season.

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