Liam Cooper won’t play in the Premier League game for Leeds United against Aston Villa tonight, according to Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
Hay delivered the big team update on the Athletic site ahead of the 8pm kick-off at Villa Park.
Cooper was set for a late fitness test ahead of the game after aggravating a groin strain in the warm-up ahead of the Wolves game on Monday.
It’s a blow for Leeds United and it means Marcelo Bielsa will likely have to reshuffle his side.
Blow for Leeds
We were hoping that Cooper would be fit for this game with Kalvin Phillips already out with injury.
Bielsa has already said that Pascal Struijk will play in the holding midfield role and that means that Luke Ayling will likely move into the centre.
Stuart Dallas should play on the right and Gjanni Alioski will get a rare start on the left.
Leeds brought in Robin Koch and Diego Llorente this summer with Struijk as cover in defence. It’s unfortunate that two key injuries have left the squad looking thin again.
Leeds don’t have any problems in attack, with Patrick Bamford set to start up top. We think Rodrigo plays in the number 10 position with Pablo Hernandez on the bench.
Jack Harrison, Helder Costa and Mateusz Klich should make up the rest of the attacking and midfield spots.
The game kicks off at 8pm tonight on PPV. The LUFC Trust has set-up a charity link for fans who are boycotting the game to donate to instead.
You can listen to the game for free on BBC Radio Leeds.
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