Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa suggests Liam Cooper will come back into his team

Manager Marcelo Bielsa of Leeds United looks on during the FA Cup Third Round match between Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United at Loftus Road on January 6, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has been out of action since the start of December.

Manager Marcelo Bielsa of Leeds United looks on during the FA Cup Third Round match between Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United at Loftus Road on January 6, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Marcelo Bielsa has suggested to Leeds Live that Liam Cooper will be back in action at Elland Road very soon.

Cooper has been out of action since the start of December, after picking up an injury in Leeds’ match against Sheffield United.

The commanding centre-back has now been out for Leeds’ last six league matches and he has been missed.

Leeds have kept just one clean sheet during Cooper’s absence, but the Scot is now in full training again.

 

And Bielsa has suggested that he will come straight back into Leeds’ team now he has proven his fitness.

“I went to see the game on Monday versus Hull City. He played an hour. He is in good condition to come back to the team,” Bielsa said.

“He has a very good first pass, he is good with the aerial balls, he is our captain and he deserves to be our captain.

“When he’s inside the team he makes the team stronger.”

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United arrives ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on January 01, 2019 in Nottingham, England.

Leeds’ next game comes on Friday evening, when they take on Derby County at Elland Road.

Leeds have lost their last three matches on the spin, so there is some pressure on Bielsa’s men to get a result.

If Leeds do manage to pick up a victory then they will move five points clear at the top of the Championship table, ahead of this weekend’s matches.

Leeds United's Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United  at City Ground on January 1, 2019 in Nottingham, England.

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