By Craig Scott

5th Aug, 2021 | 11:10am

Diego Llorente could miss start of season for Leeds United

Leeds United are likely to be without Diego Llorente for their Premier League opener against Manchester United next weekend, according to LUFCFANZONE.

The reliable Twitter account, which is growing in reputation after breaking the news that Kiko Casilla was leaving Leeds last month, has been told by a source close to Llorente, 27, that there’s a “strong possibility” he’ll miss the start of the season.

It is understood that the Spanish centre-back “has a leg muscle injury which will take two-three weeks to heal”.

Not again

Llorente missed a lot of last season with injury issues and we really hope he’s not starting as he means to go on this term.

After arriving from Real Sociedad in late September, Llorente played a grand total of zero minutes before his first injury.

He then returned to play against Chelsea in early December for his debut, before getting injured again.

After another battle to recover from a groin injury, Llorente returned against Newcastle and played just 10 minutes before – yet again – he got injured.

Llorente finally played in consecutive fixtures in February and started all but the last match of the season as Leeds went on to finish ninth.

With Llorente at the back, we looked far more solid and didn’t concede anywhere near as many goals in the first half of the season when he was injured a lot.

Marcelo Bielsa needs Llorente to avoid getting injured so often this season but this update ahead of the Man United game is a worrying one.

While we can get over him being out of one match, we’ll be absolutely gutted if it becomes four, five, six games and counting.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have made a bid to sign a new centre-forward.