Former Leeds United midfielder Andy Couzens believes Liam Cooper should come back into starting XI

Elland Road Revie Stand

The Scot has been injured, but is back fit and hoping to dislodge Sol Bamba or Giuseppe Bellusci.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has some selection problems ahead of the West Yorkshire derby this weekend.

Leeds have plenty of players back from injury trouble for the game, including Chris Wood and Liam Cooper being fully fit.

Wood faces a challenge to get in ahead of the in-form Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara, whilst Sol Bamba and Giuseppe Bellusci have helped Leeds to two consecutive clean sheets.

But despite the recent good performances of the defensive pair one former Leeds player believes Cooper should come back in.

Andy Couzens, who spent four years as a senior at Leeds after progressing through the youth system at Elland Road, was speaking to Radio Yorkshire earlier today and he feels Cooper should come back in for Bamba:

"For me personally I think I'd keep the front two and I think I would bring in Cooper at the back instead of Bamba.

"I just feel a bit more comfortable with Cooper in the back. He's not got the call-up to the Scotland squad for nothing.

"I think he is getting better as the time goes by and he is a bit more of a rock for Bellusci on the side of him. Bellusci and Bamba, I just see goals being conceded with the two of them to be honest.

"Unless it is a long-ball game, but if it is on the floor I think we have got to have Cooper in there."

There is no doubt that Cooper's recovery should see him back in contention. He has been in great form this season and is perhaps a candidate for player of the season.

With that taken into account Cooper will have to come back into the starting XI. The only decision that Evans will have is who to drop, Bamba or Bellusci?

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