Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has provided an injury update on Liam Cooper after the defender was substituted in the 72nd minute during his side’s 2-1 victory over Blackburn on Saturday afternoon.
The Whites’ captain was replaced by Gaetano Berardi in the second period after suffering an injury, but his departure did not affect the outcome of the match which saw Leeds seal a narrow victory over Rovers.
Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison were both on target inside the opening 35 minutes before Derrick Williams pulled one back before the break, but Leeds managed to eventually see out the second half as they sealed their ninth league win of the season.
However, there will have been some concern regarding Cooper’s injury at full-time as the defender has already faced a brief spell on the sidelines this term, but Bielsa has now provided the latest news on Cooper’s problem.
BBC journalist Adam Pope reported the Argentine’s post-match comments where he hinted that Cooper may have only suffered a minor injury if he has indeed aggravated his groin problem again.
Bielsa has not had the lowdown on Cooper’s injury but feels it’s a minor issue if he has aggravated his groin again. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@apopey) November 9, 2019
Cooper was absent for Leeds’ matches against Millwall, Birmingham and Preston before returning to the squad for the last three matches, but there are now two weeks for him to regain his fitness before Leeds’ next match against Luton.
Is Liam Cooper Leeds' most important player?
Cooper is undoubtedly one of the most important players in this Leeds side, so the club’s supporters will certainly be hoping that Bielsa is correct in his assessment that the injury should not be a major concern.
However, it is still slightly worrying that Cooper has again aggravated his groin injury which suggests that he could have an underlying issue, and it is perhaps important that Leeds now do not take any risks with the 28-year-old.
The positive news is that Leeds managed to cope with Cooper’s absence from the side for the final stages of the match, while they do have an experienced back-up option in Berardi if the Leeds skipper’s injury keeps him out of action.