By Liam Thomas

12th Jan, 2023 | 6:53am

BBC reporter reveals Leeds United captain Liam Cooper could return v Aston Villa

BBC reporter Adam Pope has relayed some early Leeds United team news before the club’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa on 13 January.

The Whites desperately need their first three points of 2023 against the Villans and will be bolstered by the news from Pope.

Pope shared that captain Liam Cooper is fit to play against Aston Villa after the Leeds United defender stated that he is good to go for the Villa game.

“I’m good… I was back in full training today. No issues,” said Cooper, as quoted by Pope on his personal Twitter account (11 January).

“I feel good and I feel strong. It was just a small tear in my glute.

“I’ll be back for the next game.

Pressure mounting.

It’s not all doom and gloom at the moment but if Leeds United fail to take many points from their next three games, questions will yet again be raised over Marsch’s leadership.

Sleepwalking towards relegation? The American’s appalling record would suggest so, it’s the kind of statistics that would get most Premier League managers fired.

Nevertheless, the signing of Maximillian Wober and the soon-to-be new Whites frontman Georginio Rutter bring a glimmer of hope for Marsch to redeem himself.

After all, fans have been crying out for the club to sign a new left-back and forward and Victor Orta and co have gone and done just that.

However, if these new signings fail to bring a change in fortunes to Elland Road, which is a very possible outcome, then Marsch must be questioned.

His at times attractive style of football may be nice for the neutral but it’s leaving most of the Elland Road faithful needing a defibrillator after 90 minutes.

Bielsa’s downfall was a shaky Whites defence, something that has shown little signs of improvement since Marsch took over from the Argentine.

And until this is sorted, it’s hard to see anything other than chaotic results for the rest of the campaign.

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