By Saikat Mandal

15th Jul, 2022 | 12:40pm

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper shares Achilles injury update

Leeds United skipper Liam Cooper has suggested that he is not fully fit but expects to play a part in the club’s pre-season tour of Australia.

The central defender missed out Thursday’s tour opener (14 July) against Brisbane Roar, and he is set to miss out against Aston Villa as well.

Cooper returned to training with a slight tenderness in his Achilles. He has been doing individual sessions and attempted to be part of the team’s training activities.

The Scotland defender suggests that he expects to be fit by the end of the tour.

“Hopefully, by the end of the tour,” he told the assembled Leeds fans at the Pig and Whistle Riverside pub, as quoted by The Yorkshire Evening Post.

“I just have a little issue with the fat pad behind my Achilles at the moment. I’ve tried joining in a couple of times and it’s just not quite right at the moment, but I’m getting there slowly but surely.”

Injuries

Last season, the Leeds squad was ravaged by injuries and it was one of the major reasons why they performed well below expectations. 

This summer, we have seen a sea-change approach from the Whites. Jesse Marsch has stressed the need to bolster the squad in every position so that even if there’s an injury crisis, the club have adequate players to deal with it. 

Cooper was one of the players who missed a large of the 2021-22 season, and it’s important for the club that he stays fit for the upcoming season. 

The centre-back is an influential figure at the club, both on and off the pitch, and Marsch will want him to be fully fit when the new campaign resumes. 

Leo Hjelde took a knock to the calf during the side’s first open training session earlier in the week, and he won’t feature in the next game. 

The likes of Junior Firpo, Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas have remained in the UK as they recover from their respective injuries. 

In other Leeds United news, the Raphinha millions could be spent on a new target who is reportedly at the top of the list to replace him.