Leeds United defender Diego Llorente is “very close” to making his debut for the club in the Premier League, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Spanish outlet claim on their website that the 27-year-old has returned to training, and will now be available to Marcelo Bielsa to use.

Llorente arrived from Real Sociedad in the summer but has been out since the October international break where he suffered a groin injury.

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Mundo Deportivo claims that an adductor injury was aggravated by going away with Spain for their games with Ukraine and Germany.

Llorente has become somewhat of a forgotten figure at Elland Road before he has even made one appearance for the club.

Leeds fans will be excited for the potential debut of Llorente in the near future.

The only action that the Whites fans have seen from their marquee defensive signing was his outing for Spain against Portugal.

Fans were left delighted, as they claimed Llorente “pocketed” Cristiano Ronaldo for the entirety of the 0-0 draw.

Right to be excited

In that game against Portugal, Llorente completed 79 of his 92 total actions according to WyScout and also misplaced only one of his 69 attempted passes.

Based on those numbers, he appears to be the perfect figure for Bielsa’s possession-based style, but he may need to wait for his debut – fully fit or not.

After conceding eight goals in two before the international break, Leeds have since kept consecutive clean-sheets for the first time this season against Arsenal and Everton.

Robin Koch and Liam Cooper have justified their spots against Chelsea this weekend, and it would be a shock to see either of those dropped at Stamford Bridge.

Starting or not, it will be a massive boost to have Llorente in the squad, finally.

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