Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has Liam Cooper injury update

Marcelo Bielsa the Leeds United manager during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Leeds United at Deepdale on April 09, 2019 in Preston, England.

Liam Cooper will not be in action for Leeds United against Brentford, suggests Marcelo Bielsa.

Leeds United's Liam Cooper during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Leeds United at Deepdale on April 9, 2019 in Preston, England.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has suggested to Leeds Live that Liam Cooper will not be available for the match against Brentford on Monday.

Cooper did not feature for Leeds against Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road in the Championship last weekend after picking up a muscle injury just before the game.

The 27-year-old central defender did not play for the Whites in their 2-1 loss at the hands of Wigan Athletic at Elland Road in the Championship on Friday.

 

Leeds head coach Bielsa has suggested that the former Hull City defender may not be ready to face Brentford away from home at Griffin Park in the Championship on Monday evening.

Bielsa told Leeds Live when asked if Cooper will be fit for Monday’s match: “No, I don’t think so.”

Leeds United's Liam Cooper battles with  Birmingham City's Lukas Jutkiewicz during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Leeds United at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy...

Disappointing update

Cooper is the captain of Leeds and is a key member of Bielsa’s team, and it is disappointing that the defender may miss out on the match against Brentford on Monday evening.

While Gaetano Berardi has done well in his absence, the 27-year-old does have a strong partnership with Pontus Jansson at the heart of the Leeds defence.

Leeds are third in the Championship table at the moment with 82 points from 43 matches, level on points with second-placed Sheffield United and five points behind leaders Norwich City.

Marcelo Bielsa the Leeds United manager during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Leeds United at Deepdale on April 09, 2019 in Preston, England.

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