By Dr Rajpal Brar

25th Apr, 2023 | 1:10pm

We’re delighted to welcome injury expert Dr Rajpal Brar as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the injury situation at Leeds United...

Leeds United may have rushed Liam Cooper back from injury against Fulham as he’s now a doubt for the Leicester City game, claims Dr Rajpal Brar.

The injury expert set the record straight that he’s not privy to what’s going on behind the scenes given the physio and testing at Thorp Arch.

It’s also not guaranteed that Under-21s may be a better way for him to regain fitness so he could be back to the first team once he recovers.

The Scotland international along with Max Wober are doubts when the Foxes visit Elland Road on Tuesday, 25 April, and Javi Gracia could make as many as six changes.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Brar, a specialist in Physical Therapy and Sports Scientist, said on Cooper, “Can’t say if he is or isn’t being rushed back as we’re not privy to their physio and testing but it’s possible.

“His return was very likely based on objective criteria and how he compared to their baseline testing.

“Similarly, hard to say if he would benefit more from Under-21s or not because that’s based on his individual fitness levels and testing.”

Cooper was arguably the best player on the pitch for Leeds as Gracia’s side stayed in the game for the longest time before losing it 2-1.

Should he not be fit in time for the Leicester game, Pascal Struijk is expected to come in, assuming that Wober will also be missing.

In other Leeds United news, a Whites player has a potential offer on the table and could seal his permanent Elland Road exit this summer.