'A start no player wants' – Exclusive: Pundit reacts to big blow Leeds ace suffers on int'l duty
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Paul Robinson has said that Diego Llorente has suffered a start to his Leeds career “that no player wants” after picking up a groin injury on international duty.
Llorente is now out for three weeks and his injury has been made doubly worse for player and club with the news that Liam Cooper could be out for two weeks, too.
If Cooper is ruled out of the game against Wolves on Monday, Llorente would have been expecting to make his Premier League debut.
Now, his bow for Leeds has been pushed back and he’ll have to wait for another opportunity to make the starting XI for his new club.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “It’s obviously a really big blow for Leeds and for Diego Llorente.
“We’ve spoken so many times about players having to be Bielsa ready and how much work and how many hours they have to put in on the training ground before they can even be considered for the starting XI at Leeds.
“With Llorente coming in as a new player it’s always difficult coming into a new environment, a new team and a new dressing room.
“It’s difficult for a player to come in and settle into a new team and this is a start no player would want.”
Losing Llorente and potentially Cooper as well is really unfortunate for Leeds and it means that Pascal Struijk may well make his second Premier League start on Monday.
He had a baptism of fire in his first top-flight game as he lined up alongside debutante Robin Koch in a thrilling 4-3 loss to the Premier League champions Liverpool.
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