Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa updates on Liam Cooper's fitness

Liam Cooper of Leeds United and Jake Livermore of West Bromwich Albion with referee Lee Mason using the specially minted coin for the toss that commemorates Remembrance Day during the Sky...

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper was only able to come on as a substitute at the weekend.

The Captains armband on Liam Cooper of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on September 28, 2018 in...

Marcelo Bielsa has suggested to Leeds Live that Liam Cooper looks likely to start for Leeds United against Reading.

Cooper was only fit enough to come off the bench for Leeds at the weekend, when they took on Luton Town.

But the centre-back is now further along on his recovery from injury.

And Bielsa has suggested that it is likely that he will give Cooper the nod to feature for Leeds tomorrow.


“Probably he plays, he starts the match. Not 100 per cent, but probably he plays,” Bielsa said.

“He has played 30 minutes in the last match, today he has trained just a few and we’re going to wait how he is tomorrow but if he doesn’t start, Berardi will start as he has played well, correct, in the last match.”

Cooper’s return to full health is good news for Leeds, with his partnership with Ben White proving to be excellent this term.

Leeds Captain Liam Cooper of celebrates winning the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Leeds United at the Madejski Stadium on March 12, 2019 in Reading, England.

Leeds have shown great defensive resilience throughout the campaign so far, and they look to be among the leading contenders for promotion again.

Leeds’ victory over Luton at the weekend has elevated them up to second place in the Championship table, and a win tomorrow could take them to the very top, if other results go in their favour.

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