Leeds United defender Liam Cooper is “sick of the sight” of Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic ahead of Scotland’s Euro 2021 play-off against Serbia next week.
Cooper, who’s suffered injuries in each of the last two international breaks, is likely to play a key role in trying to help Scotland reach their first major tournament since 1998 when they travel to Belgrade for Thursday night’s decisive match at Red Star Stadium.
He’s probably going to be facing off against Mitrovic, who scored twice for Fulham when Leeds beat Scott Parker’s side 4-3 earlier this season.
They are the only Premier League goals the Serbia international has scored this season and he’ll be looking to try and pile more misery on Cooper in the coming days.
Speaking ahead of the match, the Leeds captain has talked up the Fulham forward and suggested he isn’t looking forward to playing against him.
“I’m sick of the sight of him,” Cooper told Mail Sport, as quoted on the Daily Record website.
He added: “He’s big and he’s horrible, and he’s tough to play against.
“He’s a quality player and he’s scored goals at every level, and he’s a big part of the way Serbia play.”
Mitrovic is a proper handful for defenders so it is no surprise to see Cooper coming out and saying something like this.
Scotland’s clash against Serbia is their biggest in a very long time because the Tartan Army haven’t played in a major competition since the World Cup in France in 1998 when they lost 3-0 to Morocco in the group stages.
We wish Cooper all the best for Thursday night as we hope to see as many Leeds players as possible playing in Euro 2021 next summer.
But the defender better not get injured again because he’s missed three Premier League matches this season and all of them are down to issues he’s suffered with Scotland.
Mitrovic is a brute force of a striker and has the potential to injure opponents.
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