By Pranav Shahaney

5th Dec, 2022 | 3:10pm

Return date shared as Leeds United defender Diego Llorente undergoes surgery

Leeds United defender Diego Llorente is reportedly expected to return to the training camp in Spain imminently despite fracturing his hand.

According to LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross [5 December], he will be back before the end of the camp and will continue to play with his hand injured.

The Spain international required surgery on his hand on Sunday, 4 December, and that’s understood to have gone well.

Hope he’s back soon

Llorente has been using this time off to get back to the level he knows he’s capable of playing at.

This season has clearly not been good enough for the Spaniard and it’s never a good time to have surgery, but he will not be missing any professional games.

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The fact that he’s able to play with his hand still recovering tells you that his injury is not as bad and he looks like he’s ready to get back to playing imminently.

Players often tend to take time off when they are injured but it does not look like Llorente wants any of that and is waiting to get back to normal.

We’re hoping that he comes back stronger in the second half and stakes a regular claim for a starting berth as Liam Cooper has not been good enough either.

He’s also looking way past his best and he lacks the pace to deal with some of the quicker players in the league so it makes sense to phase him out.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now scouting an attacker at the World Cup and a January move appears to be on the cards for them.