Robin Koch ruled out of Leeds United clash v Burnley
Robin Koch has been ruled out of Leeds United versus Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
Writing via his personal Twiter account on Friday, Hay reported that Koch, 25, is recovering from an injury that kept him sidelined for the matches against Everton and Crewe.
However, it is understood that Marcelo Bielsa is confident Diego Llorente is ready to play 90 minutes against Sean Dyche’s side after the Spanish centre-half played in the first half in the win over Crewe on Tuesday.
We’ll cope without Koch
Koch may have played in the defensive midfield role against Manchester United in Leeds’ Premier League opener but the Germany international was less than impressive.
We’re yet to really see the ex-Freiburg defender properly shine in West Yorkshire as his start to life in England has been scuppered by regular injury issues to himself and his centre-back partners.
As a result, Bielsa has found it tough to strike a consistent partnership in the middle of his defence, even though he probably would prefer to play Koch and Llorente together.
Both are international players for major nations and both have plenty of experience of playing top-flight football.
However, injuries have led to Koch playing alongside almost everyone in the defence and even filling in Kalvin Phillips’ midfield role when he’s injured.
It’s been a tough start for Koch and while we really do hope he settles down, stays fit and impresses us with his performances, Llorente is the best centre-back at Elland Road and having him available is massive for us.
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