By Dave Woods

17th Oct, 2019 | 12:43pm

'Sooner rather than later' – Big fitness boost for Leeds as key star delivers update

Leeds have been handed a big fitness boost on their 100th birthday as captain Liam Cooper has said that he hopes to be back “sooner rather than later”. 

Cooper limped off in the 1-0 win against West Brom when it was said he would be sidelined for up to six weeks. That was back on October 1.

BBC journalist Adam Pope has said that he’s “ahead of schedule” and that could mean he’s back for the QPR and Blackburn games in November.

Leeds lost their first game without him 2-1 to Millwall, although his stand-in Gaetano Berardi was unfairly sent off and a penalty given against him.

The red card was later rescinded on appeal which means it’s likely that Berardi will get the nod in the game against Birmingham at Elland Road on Saturday.

The other option for Marcelo Bielsa is to play Luke Ayling in the middle and Stuart Dallas out on the right, but we think Berardi will get the nod.

Leeds will be desperate for a win to get their season back on track after a string of disappointing results that’s seen them drop to fifth in the table.

In other Leeds news, Andrea Radrizzani shares what he thinks he will get tired of at Leeds