Cooper out for 6 weeks, Shackleton for 4 weeks
The extent of the double injury blow that Leeds suffered in the 1-0 win against West Brom was announced by the club on Wednesday – and it doesn’t make for good reading.
Captain Liam Cooper is out for up to six weeks with a groin injury while Jamie Shackleton, who was withdrawn at half-time, has picked up a hamstring injury that will keep him out for up to four weeks.
📰 | #LUFC captain Liam Cooper ruled out for up to 6 weeks with a groin injury, whilst Jamie Shackleton's hamstring injury will keep him sidelined for up to 4 weeks
— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 2, 2019
Shackleton has played the last four games with Adam Forshaw out injured. Forshaw made the bench and came on for the second 45 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Charlton on Saturday, but that set him back and he missed the West Brom win completely.
The hope is that either he or Pablo Hernandez will be fit to resume in midfield on Saturday against Millwall. Hernandez has missed the last two games as the injuries start to mount up again for Leeds.
Marcelo Bielsa has options in the centre of defence. Gaetano Berardi came on for Cooper in the win against West Brom and he’s likely to start against Millwall. However, Luke Ayling could also play in the centre after making his first-team return on Tuesday. Stuart Dallas has locked the right-back position up for now.
We think Berardi will get the nod.
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