By Mark Smith

31st Jul, 2021 | 1:10pm

Diego Llorente forced off injured for Leeds v Real Betis

Leeds United were back in action this afternoon as they welcomed Real Betis to Loughborough University.

The Whites took the lead early on but were pegged back twice by the Spanish side, who are in the Europa League next season.

Diego Llorente has had a busy summer being away with Spain at the EUROs, and it looks to have taken its toll.

The Spaniard was forced off injured after the second Betis goal went in, and there was worrying signs around the pitch.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Joe Urquhart shared the major update on his personal Twitter account during the game.

“Llorente off after the goal,” he said.

“He can’t continue. Shackleton on in his place. Ayling into the middle.”

Not again.

Llorente must have some of the worst luck we have ever seen.

The Spaniard’s first season in the Premier League was plagued with injuries and stopped his progression early on at Elland Road.

Having said that, he did come back towards the end of the season and proved himself as one of the best in that position.

Llorente will have been buzzing to get going again and continue that form, but this latest blow could be catastrophic with the season only two weeks away.

Bielsa will have had his head in his hands at this stage but does have Pascal Struijk and Liam Cooper to step in.

Serious and consistent injuries in our defence really hurt us last season, and we hope this is just a limited incident moving forward.

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