Leeds boss Steve Evans explains why he made quick decision regarding Liam Cooper on Saturday

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The Leeds United manager was taking no chances when it came to an injury to one of his players this weekend.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has been speaking to the Yorkshire Post about Liam Cooper after the centre-back was stretchered off the field in the recent clash with Huddersfield Town.

Cooper has played 14 times for Leeds so far this season and he has captained the side in the absence of Sol Bamba, but he lasted only 18 minutes on Saturday before being replaced by the Ivorian.

Leeds fans will no doubt have been concerned to see one of their key players leave the field so early in what was a vital game, but Evans has moved to ease any fears people may have that it is a serious problem.

“The medical staff gave me the option that he could continue after a minute or two but I’ve always taken a view in these circumstances – that’s somebody’s son out there,” Evans told the Yorkshire Post. “It was easy to make the decision.”

Leeds went on to win the match 3-0 courtesy of goals from Mirco Antenucci, Chris Wood and the resurgent Alex Mowatt and that is now back-to-back victories following their 1-0 triumph against Cardiff City last week.

Leeds still have a lot of work to do in the months ahead but the signs are positive following Evans’ arrival.

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