Leeds United have been hit with a double central defensive injury blow.

The club’s website confirmed that Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente have both picked up groin injuries on international duty.

Captain Cooper could face a late fitness test ahead of the game against Wolves on Monday, but could also face a couple of weeks out.

Spaniard Llorente faces three weeks out of action, prolonging his wait to make his Leeds debut.

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That likely means Marcelo Bielsa will need to rely on the same back four he used on the opening weekend of the season against Liverpool.

In the absence of Cooper, Robin Koch was partnered by Pascal Struijk at centre back at Anfield.


Leeds produced a decent team performance – and 21-year-old Struijk did well – but they let in four goals.

In truth, it could have been more if Liverpool were more clinical.

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So how would that back four get on second time around?

There are reasons for optimism. Koch gave away a first half penalty at Anfield but has been more assured in recent games.

Wolves aren’t Liverpool, either. They can counter attack well, but haven’t been prolific this season.

Leeds shouldn’t ship four again and the defensive injuries shouldn’t stop them extending their unbeaten run.

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