Leeds United defender Robin Koch is currently ruled out long term after picking up a knee injury in the Premier League before Christmas.

The German international had to undergo surgery after limping off against Chelsea, leaving Marcelo Bielsa with a defensive headache until spring.

It was shared that Koch had been nursing the problem since the start of the season, but was playing through the pain barrier.

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How is recovery?

Koch has shared an update on personal Instagram account on Wednesday evening, confirming that he is back in the gym after the first stage of his rehabilitation.

“Comeback sessions,” he captioned the picture.

This is a big stage in his recovery, as he starts to use the muscles again after losing the strapping and walking with crutches, presumably.

As well as working with weights, Koch is also pictured on the exercise bike – hopefully proving that he will be able to be back out on the grass running sooner rather than later.

Leeds have missed the German defender massively.

Apart from Raphinha, the 24-year-old has made the biggest impact of any summer signing since promotion to the Premier League and would have been guaranteed to start every single game if he wasn’t injured.

Only Liam Cooper has averaged more interceptions per game this season according to WhoScored in the Whites squad, but he has played 153 more minutes.

The good news continues this week.

With Diego Llorente back and swinging, this latest update means he could be joined by Koch in a matter of weeks – maybe that’s us getting ahead of ourselves.

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