Luke Ayling has claimed that Robin Koch will be a “massive loss” for Leeds United after he had to go in for knee surgery.

The German international stayed in London for the procedure after the Chelsea game and will be out for at least three months.

Diego Llorente is also currently out but should return at some point in the next week to cover the absence alongside Liam Cooper.

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Speaking to LUTV, Ayling addressed his teammates’ injury, claiming that he had played with it since the first game of the season.

“He’s soldered on, and tried to get through with it,” he said.

“It was just one game too far the Chelsea one, he was struggling in the week and he played the game, tried to get through it again and he got done in the first two or three minutes.

“Massive loss, but it’s important for him to get it all fixed and make sure he comes back in good shape.”

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There is no hiding that Koch will be a massive miss.

Leeds have already shown their weakness from set-pieces without the German, having conceded three goals from those situations since he went off at Chelsea.

The 24-year-old has impressed since moving from Freiburg, and getting over his initial struggles and run of giving away penalties.

According to WyScout, Koch has averaged over five interceptions per game and has been key to cutting off opposing teams in our own third.

With Ayling himself now in central defence, the Whites lose that aerial ability, and it would be no surprise to see Pascal Struijk come in to solve that against Newcastle.

In other Leeds United news, Mark Lawrenson predicts result of upcoming clash v Newcastle

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