Robin Koch is expected to be back for the “second half” of the Premier League season for Leeds United and should be available to play for Germany again in March, according to Bild.
The report claims that he is undergoing surgery on a knee problem on Tuesday morning at the Fortius Clinic in London.
One of the “world’s leading knee specialists”, Dr. Andy Williams, is doing the surgery.
Bild also claims that this was a long-term issue for Koch.
The report claimed, “What nobody knew: He was already having constant problems with it because of a tear in the meniscus.”
In an interview with Bild, Koch said he was targeting a return in Spring.
The second half of the Premier League season is around February with the next international break in March.
Koch: “The time came after the game against Chelsea. In view of a very important year for me in 2021, it is now crucial to be able to be back on the field in spring. " #lufc
— Adam Pope (@apopey) December 8, 2020
Questions to be asked
There will be questions asked about how Koch was managed at Leeds after this.
In some respects, the club’s hands were tied with an injury to Diego Llorente.
However, it does look like this was a time bomb that was waiting to go off and that it was only a matter of time before surgery was needed.
It’s unfortunate for both player and for club, although Llorente coming back does give Leeds some cover.
However, we think that this news, with Koch not coming back until Spring, will necessitate Leeds going back into the transfer market in January.
They hadn’t planned to and Marcelo Bielsa is notoriously anti-January but this will force their hands.
They need a centre-back who can step up and cover the holding midfield role as well.
That was Koch – now it will need to be someone else.
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