'Big news', 'Brilliant' – These Leeds fans thrilled by BBC journo update for cup clash v Crawley
Many Leeds United fans were delighted to learn that both Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente have been passed fit to face Crawley Town in the FA Cup.
Adam Pope of the BBC has confirmed that both players could feature against the League Two side, but added that the club are being cautious with Llorente.
The Whites have not seen anything of the Spaniard since the 3-1 defeat away to Chelsea back in early December.
Since arriving from Real Sociedad in the summer in an £18million deal, much has been expected of Llorente at Leeds.
However, things simply have not gone to plan for the defender, with injuries piling up at the back for the club.
The return of both Cooper and Llorente eases some of the fear surrounding Leeds’ options at the back, with Luke Ayling filling in as a makeshift central defender in recent weeks.
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Some supporters might have been expecting to see the likes of Charlie Cresswell to be given a run out against Crawley on Sunday, but the FA Cup meeting represents a good opportunity for the returning duo to get some minutes under their belt.
Bielsa has already vowed to take the cup competition seriously and this update suggests that we might be poised to see a very strong Leeds squad on Sunday.
Following the update from Pope, these Leeds United fans have been reacting to the news on social media.
We’ve compiled some of the best reactions below.
Good to hear I'd rather play our strongest available team & give this great cup competition the respect it deserves been devalued far to long & you never know could be our year 🤷🏻♂️MOT.
— R.Cartwright 💙💛 (@rogercart57) January 8, 2021
Brilliant, glad to see Marcelo taking this serious, no excuses if we get knocked out. It's only top6 sides that I fear and with them having so much fixture congestion etc they'll need to rotate in this competition. Let's have a crack at it. 😍
— Ash Cook (@ashcook4) January 8, 2021
Great idea from Bielsa, after the last few years it would be nice to get further along in the Fa Cup
— John Tipple (@JohnTipple1999) January 8, 2021
I should think so. Last time he was rushed back. Hopefully he is fit and can play a part on Sunday. Glad to hear a good squad going down there .
— peter-maurice (@petermauriceuk) January 8, 2021
glad we’re taking it seriously, can’t see many players playing who played in our last game v spurs apart from the players on there bench, but would also like to see a few u23’s on the bench which i think we will do
— Sim (@1simmo1) January 8, 2021
Great news about Diego and coops 💙💛
— Ben Jammin (@BenSissman) January 8, 2021
Big news for us Adam mate
— leeds United at my heart!!!!! (@Matthewlufcnews) January 8, 2021
Good !!! Let’s have a cup run .. this team is capable of going all the way
— Richard Warner (@rickwww) January 8, 2021
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