Lewis Cook to miss most of Leeds United's pre-season

Lewis Cook of Leeds United (L) and Luke Chambers of Ipswich Town in action

Leeds United face being without Lewis Cook for most of their pre-season.

Derby's Tom Ince in action with Leeds'  Lewis CookDerby's Tom Ince in action with Leeds' Lewis Cook

Leeds United face being without top talent and key midfielder Lewis Cook for most of their pre-season.

Cook is scheduled to play for England's under-19 side at the European Championships, but had been a doubt after picking up an injury and withdrawing from their recent friendlies in Mexico.

BBC West Yorkshire Sport yesterday confirmed Cook has recovered from his knock and will rejoin the squad.

The timing of the tournament means Cook will miss a crucial portion of pre-season for his club Leeds United.

The tournament is being held in Germany and begins on July 11, with the final taking place on July 24.

The squad consists of much of the England under-17 team which won that competition two years ago, so there is strong reason to believe Cook could miss the entire fortnight.

Leeds are yet to announce their pre-season fixtures, so it is uncertain which games Cook will miss.

Swansea manager Garry MonkSwansea manager Garry Monk

New head coach Garry Monk told has told The Yorkshire Post that he expects the players back for pre-season at the end of June.

With the England under-19 side needing time together ahead of the championships, it is possible Cook will have to wait until after the tournament is over to begin working with Monk, or will be restricted to a handful of days before he leaves. 

Leeds United’s Lewis Cook scores their first goalLeeds United’s Lewis Cook scores their first goal

The good news for Cook is that his role in the team is not in question and he should not lose out hugely from missing time. 

He has shown himself capable of adapting mid-season to a new manager and plays instinctively, but obviously the more time he gets with Monk the better.

The first day of the 2016/17 Championship season is on August 6, and Leeds will be hoping Cook returns healthy and ready to go.

Lewis Cook of Leeds United (L) and Luke Chambers of Ipswich Town in actionLewis Cook of Leeds United (L) and Luke Chambers of Ipswich Town in action

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