Leeds United centre-back Robin Koch picked up a fresh injury in the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday evening.
It was a big blow for the player and for Leeds, with Marcelo Bielsa having to rush Diego Llorente back into action before he wanted to.
He’d said in his pre-match press conference that he wanted Llorente to play for the Under-23s first and, in a prophetic comment, said he hoped he wouldn’t be forced to accelerate him into the side.
There had been speculation about Koch before the game after the player missed training, but Bielsa said it was a new injury.
He didn’t say how serious the injury was but BBC journalist Adam Pope posted a picture of Koch in the stands after he went off, watching the game with an ice pack on his knee.
If the injury was a serious one, then Koch would have been getting medical attention, so there’s hope that it’s nothing major.
— Adam Pope (@apopey) December 5, 2020
Llorente stepped up
Llorente did well on his debut, especially under the circumstances. He hasn’t played football for a while and wouldn’t have been expecting to come on on Saturday.
He looked calm on the ball and coped pretty well with everything that Chelsea threw at him. And he dealt with the abuse that the home fans targetted him with.
Getting him back is a big boost and if Koch recovers in time then Leeds could be back to full strength at the back for the next game against West Ham on Friday.
If Koch is fit then we think that Bielsa will revert back to his original plan, which will be putting Llorentre through the Under-23s game a week today.
If Koch is ruled out then Llorente will likely get his first start for the club alongside Liam Cooper.
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