Leeds United could be set for more than one significant boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Leicester next Monday.
The Whites were superb on Friday evening against Aston Villa, cruising to a 3-0 victory thanks to a Patrick Bamford hat-trick.
Marcelo Bielsa was without Diego Llorente, Liam Cooper and Kalvin Phillips for the game, making it even more impressive.
With seven days to go until the next game against Leicester, more than one of those could return for the Elland Road clash.
Leeds Live have shared an update on the current state of play at Thorp Arch, claiming Llorente and Cooper could both return.
It is suggested that the Spaniard’s initial three-week timescale takes him to the game with the Foxes, and we could finally get our first taste of the new signing.
There is also said to be an optimism regarding the availability of Cooper, who wasn’t risked against Villa after the problems before the Wolves defeat.
There is no doubting that if Cooper is declared fit, he will move back into the middle of defence alongside Robin Koch.
Llorente’s possible return makes things very interesting in midfield. The Spaniard is primarily a centre-back, but he could fill the hole left by Phillips.
Pascal Struijk was sacrificed against Villa after a couple of inexperienced tackles, and that could tempt Bielsa into using Llorente in that midfield role.
The 27-year-old completed 99% of his passes in his last game for Spain against Portugal, and kept Cristiano Ronaldo quiet for 90 minutes – we believe he is more than ready for Leicester if declared fit.
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