By Dave Woods

11th Nov, 2019 | 1:13pm

Leeds skipper Liam Cooper withdraws from Scotland squad after injury

Leeds United have confirmed that captain Liam Cooper has withdrawn from the Scotland squad following his injury in the win against Blackburn on Saturday. 

Cooper has been a rock at the back for Leeds this season but missed three games recently with a groin injury.

There was a concern that he had aggravated the same injury again after he limped off after 72 minutes on Saturday.

Leeds have now revealed that scan results have shown a small tear in his groin, although the feeling is that it’s not serious and that he will be targetting full fitness after the international break.

The international break could have come at just the right time for Leeds.

With goals proving a problem at one end, it’s their defence that has kept Leeds in touch at the top. They’ve conceded just nine goals all season, four fewer than any Championship rival and eight less than West Brom at the top.

Talking after the game against Blackburn on Saturday, Bielsa also confirmed that there was no news on Adam Forshaw’s return.

The key midfield player has been missing for seven games now and has sat out nine of the last 10. He’s got another two weeks to recover before the next Championship game against Luton on November 23, but his return then doesn’t look likely now.

Bielsa was quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth on Saturday.

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