By Mark Smith

16th Sep, 2021 | 8:10am

Diego Llorente out for weeks not months at Leeds - Phil Hay

Leeds United are set to be without both Diego Llorente and Robin Koch for their Premier League clash with Newcastle.

The Spaniard limped off with a muscular problem against Liverpool, with his teammate missing since the opening day defeat at Old Trafford.

Phil Hay has insisted that Llorente should be out for two-to-three weeks, but Friday should come too early for Koch to step in.

Speaking on the Phil Hay show this morning, the journalist shared the news that could have been much worst.

“Llorente’s is a muscular injury,” he said.

“He was saying on Instagram that is it not too serious, I think we’re looking at weeks for that, weeks not months – happy days.

“He will be out for a little while, maybe two-to-three weeks. Robin Koch, I’m not sure on his timeline. I wouldn’t have thought he would be fit for Friday.”

Problem.

Leeds spent good money to bring these international players to Elland Road after promotion, and unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out so far.

Both have shown great promise when playing, but given that they are injured more times than fully fit, it is becoming a real problem.

Marcelo Bielsa will be scratching his head over the consistency of these injuries and how they always fall to these two or other defenders.

With Liam Cooper the only fit senior central defender available, many may not be expecting much from the trip up north.

Add to that the possibility of Luke Ayling moving inside, and it could be a long evening, regardless of the opposition.

The Whites need to find a long-term solution to this problem, or it will only continue happening to them.

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