Phil Hay has been speaking on the latest edition of The Athletic’s The Phil Hay Show about all things relating to Leeds United.
One of the topics that Hay spent a little bit of time on was the injury situation at Leeds, and he provided a short update on Liam Cooper, who was taken off during the Whites’ 6-2 defeat to Manchester United.
The 29-year-old scored his first goal of the season at Old Trafford but was taken off after 72 minutes, and Hay provided a short update on him.
And, Marcelo Bielsa has since provided an update on the defender, stating that he’s unsure on a return date.
He said: (11:33) “Liam Cooper has gone off [on Sunday with] an abductor injury, which [we are] waiting to see hear how severe it is.
“I think he is due to undergo scans later.”
Hay also revealed that he doesn’t think Cooper has been that good this season for the Whites.
(11:39) “He didn’t have a great game [against Manchester United].
“I think he’s looked a bit stretched at points this season without any question.”
Do you think Leeds will miss Cooper if his injury is bad?
Yes, we need him
No, he isn't that good
TIF Thoughts on Cooper and his form…
Before this season, Cooper had only ever made two Premier League appearances, and they were for Hull City, so perhaps it is understandable that he has been poor in some games.
However, he is Leeds’ captain, and when he has been available, he has played every league match, so an injury to him could cause the Whites some problems, especially with Robin Koch also injured.
Leeds do have many players who can play as a centre-back, but Cooper is the Whites’ captain and sets by example, so if this injury is bad, then you would think they could miss him.