Leeds United captain Liam Cooper is expected to return for the Premier League clash against Fulham on Saturday.

The Scotland international missed out on the 4-3 defeat against Liverpool on Saturday evening with a slight calf problem.

Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross has admitted that Cooper came very close to starting that defeat, undergoing a late fitness test in Merseyside.

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Cross claimed that it is likely that the Whites skipper will return against Fulham at Elland Road.

“All the noises have been positive on Cooper,” he wrote in a Leeds Live Q&A.

“He even travelled to Liverpool for a late fitness test, which underlines how close he felt he was to making it. Would not expect him to feature against Hull, but Fulham is a very real possibility according to Bielsa.”

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Pascal Struijk stepped in to fill the hole left by Cooper, with the youngster being partnered by summer signing Robin Koch.

It was a chaotic start for the defensive partnership, Koch at fault for the first two goals and Struijk nearly scoring a spectacular own goal.

Once they settled together in the second half, they looked much better, but the Whites certainly missed their skipper on Saturday.

No one made more clearances per game than the Scotsman last season, and there would be no question marks over whether he would start if fit on Saturday [WhoScored].

We expect Cooper to partner Koch against Fulham, in what could be a must-win fixture this early in the Premier League season.

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