Phil Hay has relayed some awful injury news for Leeds United as Robin Koch is undergoing knee surgery in London today after going off against Chelsea. 

The one bit of positive news is that Hay claims it is “not thought to be serious but will still rule him out for the time being.”

He said the timescale for recovery was not known yet but would be clearer after the operation.

In a follow-up tweet, Hay said that the injury was a legacy from a knock he picked up in the game against Liverpool.

The incident on Saturday has meant that surgery is now necessary.

Massive blow for Leeds

Marcelo Bielsa had said that the injury Koch suffered on Saturday was a new one.

However, it seems that it’s a recurrence of something that happened at the very start of the season.

Diego Llorente took his place on Saturday in a debut that happened faster than Bielsa wanted. Bielsa had said he wanted him to play Under-23s minute before making his first-team bow.

However, Llorente now looks set for an extended run in the first team.

For Leeds, as one centre-back returns to fitness, another one hits the sidelines.

At least there’s cover, but this does put the spotlight back on the holding midfield position.

Koch was supposed to be cover there if anything happened to Kalvin Phillips, with Llorente coming into the centre-back spot.

Now, Leeds are running the gauntlet again. An injury or suspension to Philips would leave Leeds desperately short again.

It’s something we really think they should address in the January window.

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