Thorp Arch reveal suggests key Leeds star could be doubt for clash v Man City
Leeds United are definitely without Jack Harrison and Pablo Hernandez for this evening’s massive game against Man City.
And there are plenty of Leeds fans who think that Liam Cooper could be missing too, after the key defender was noticeably missing from the drills in the latest training video.
New signing Diego Llorente features front and centre in the video and he could be set to make his debut at Elland Road if Cooper does miss out.
Cooper does make an appearance in the video, in a huddle at the end, but he’s wearing a body warmer and some fans have said he was wearing trainers and not boots.
That led to questions from concerned Leeds fans.
Any reason why Cooper wasn’t in any of the training videos on LUTV? I think he’s seen right at the end, but he’s in the huddle wearing the big body warmer type jacket Bielsa has. Is he injured again? #LUFC
— Jordy Phillips (@JordyP1993) October 2, 2020
Is cooper out for city game? Inside training vid he’s in big coat and trainers! I don’t recall anyone saying. #lufc
— Olliejk92 (@olliejk92) October 2, 2020
There’s been no word from Marcelo Bielsa, who said that there were no fresh injuries ahead of the game in his pre-match press conference.
However, the same thing happened ahead of the opening game against Liverpool and Cooper missed that match.
Like that time, there are big rumours swirling around Twitter that Cooper is either out or set for a late fitness test this morning and that Llorente will replace him if he fails it.
We hope that Cooper does make the game. Leeds kept their first clean sheet in the game against Sheffield United last week and we want to see Cooper and Koch get a run of games.
However, Leeds have proper cover now. Llorente is a Spain international and if Cooper is ruled out it will give us a backline with two senior internationals in the centre.
Llorente hinted at a possible debut on his Twitter account on Saturday.
I’m wishing to play my first game with @LUFC
Deseando jugar mi primer partido con el Leeds pic.twitter.com/bSzHjNWA2g
— Diego Llorente (@diego_2llorente) October 3, 2020
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