A boost for Leeds United and Lewis Cook

The fallout from Lewis Cook's injury has knock on effects for their pre-season.

Lewis Cook's injury for England's under-19 side could yet work out to be a positive for Leeds United.

The BBC confirmed yesterday Cook had withdrawn from the international set up with an ankle problem which will be assessed by the club.

This meant they had to face France's under-19 side last night without him, and also missing MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli who has also been absent through injury.

England lost 2-1, losing their 100 per cent record at the Elite stage qualifying tournament, and losing out on a spot in this year's European Championships.

This means England will not take part in the finals this June scheduled to take place in Greece, a clear disappointment to all involved.

For Lewis Cook however it may just work out to be a positive.

The youngster has played in 38 games for his club this season, a high figure for most players, let alone an 18-year-old.

A short-term rest will not only be good for him, but a proper summer break will be exactly what he needs.

Had he gone to this summer's tournament it would have meant a delayed start to his pre-season, and left him playing catch up in terms of fitness in time for the Championship kick off next summer.

Providing there is no long-term damage with regards to his ankle, it all may have worked out for the best.

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