By Nick Ware

14th Oct, 2021 | 1:41pm

Leeds United defender Robin Koch set to undergo injury procedure in the US

Leeds United defender Robin Koch is set to undergo a procedure in the United States over a problem in the pubis area.

Marcelo Bielsa confirmed the news in his press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Southampton, in a live broadcast shared on the official Leeds United YouTube account.

“He’s in the US where he is going to undergo a simple procedure to try and solve his problem in the pubis,” Bielsa’s translator Andres Clavijo relayed.

Regular absentee

Koch has only clocked up 18 Premier League appearances for the Whites since joining from Freiburg last year in a deal that could be worth up to £13million [Daily Mail].

One of the club’s most expensive purchases over the last 15 years, Marcelo Bielsa is yet to see much return on the investment made on him as he continually struggles with injury issues.

The German international started the club’s 5-1 loss at Manchester United on the opened day of the season and has not been seen in action since.

This latest news rules him out of Saturday’s trip to Southampton, and potentially in the medium-long term.

The good news is that Bielsa has reassured supporters that it is a “simple” procedure, so there will be hope that no complications arise.

But Bielsa will once again be shorn of the services of one of the club’s most expensive players.

Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente are likely to keep their places from the side that beat Watford 1-0 last time out, with Pascal Struijk back from his suspension last month, featuring for the final minutes of that victory.

In other Leeds United news, Simon Jordan was left stunned on Wednesday as Trevor Sinclair backed this 51-year-old to be the Whites boss.