Leeds United defender Diego Llorente remains a doubt for the upcoming Premier League clash against Arsenal on Sunday.
Beren Cross has claimed that the Spaniard was meant to be back for the Crystal Palace game, but still isn’t certain to return two weeks later.
Llorente picked up a groin injury in the October international break and hasn’t been spotted in training since as the Whites near the busiest period of the season.
Writing in a Q&A for Leeds Live on Thursday, Cross claimed that the injury is keeping Llorente out for much longer than everyone expected.
“This injury is definitely dragging on longer than we expected,” he wrote.
“The club’s official prognosis had him back for the Palace match, but even now there is some doubt and it’s been another two weeks.
“He’s an international, so he will expect to play in the long-term, but this is the level of competition there needs to be in defence at a PL club.”
Marcelo Bielsa could have been considering defensive changes, especially after conceding eight goals in his past two games.
Robin Koch hasn’t impressed in either and was also involved the crushing 6-0 defeat Spain handed Germany on Tuesday evening.
Phil Hay claimed that Llorente’s inclusion against the Gunners will depend on what Bielsa makes of Llorente’s fitness, although this doesn’t sound very promising.
We will get a better idea of Llorente’s fitness in Bielsa’s upcoming press-conference, although we aren’t expecting immediate positive news given the silence surrounding his injury in recent weeks.
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