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Leeds United boss Garry Monk provides fitness update on Eunan O'Kane and Liam Cooper

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Both Eunan O'Kane and Liam Cooper had to substituted off during Leeds United's match against Liverpool last night.

Leeds United boss Garry Monk has told BBC Radio Leeds that he is hoping Eunan O’Kane’s and Liam Cooper’s injuries are not serious.

Leeds were forced to sub off both O’Kane and Cooper during their match against Liverpool, after the pair picked up knocks during the contests.

O’Kane and Cooper are now set to undergo tests to assess the severity of their injury problems, but Monk is hoping that the pair are back.

Leeds' Eunan O'Kane walks off dejected as he is substituted after sustaining an injury as Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp looks on

“I think I’m going to have to play and we don’t want to see that,” Monk said, when asked about Leeds’ current injury problems. “We’re hoping it is nothing serious. Eunan’s was precaution, Coops was a little bit more serious, but we’re hoping it’s nothing major.”

If Cooper is out injured, Leeds could be left very short in defence for their match at the weekend, which comes against Aston Villa.

Blackburn's Hope Akpan and Leeds' Liam Cooper in action

Pontus Jansson is currently ill, meaning Kyle Bartley is Leeds’ only fit senior centre-back.

Losing O’Kane would also be a big blow for the Whites, with Liam Bridcutt not yet back fit.

Despite their injury problems, Leeds were still able to give Liverpool a scare in the EFL Cup last night.

Monk’s side put in a good account of themselves, but they were beaten 2-0 by the Reds at Anfield.

Leeds manager Garry Monk

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