Tony Dorigo has claimed that injured Leeds United defender Robin Koch could be out for another three to four weeks.

Koch posted an image of himself in the Thorp Arch gym on Twitter this week, suggesting that his return to training could be close.

LUTV pundit, Dorigo, admitted that returning to peak fitness and Bielsa fitness are two different things and could make his absence even longer than expected.

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Speaking on LUTV, Dorigo claimed that there is still a lot of work to do for Koch before he is able to settle back into Leeds’ style.

“Well, there’s peak condition and then there’s Bielsa condition,” he said.

“I would say that adds another three to four weeks on top of things, so, you’ve got to make sure that you’re raring to go and get that fitness.

“You have to be at that level just to survive that style of pressing for the full 90 minutes and play like we do play, so there’s still a bit of work to do.”

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This would be a huge boost.

Diego Llorente has returned to fitness this week, and is available for the trip to Wolves, as is Gaetano Berardi after months on the sideline.

Koch returning would hand Bielsa a full defence for possibly the first time since arriving at Elland Road three years ago, although he may need to wait for another month.

This would certainly be smart.

We have seen the likes of Llorente potentially rushed back too soon this season, and after Koch required surgery, his problem will need nurturing.

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