By Harvey Byrne
Kyle Bartley has revealed he is “happy” that he doesn’t have to face Philippe Coutinho in Leeds’ EFL Cup tie with Liverpool.
The famous Yorkshire club are preparing to travel to Anfield on Tuesday, where they will meet Jurgen Klopp’s in form side at the quarter-final stage of the EFL Cup.
One player who will be missing from the encounter is Coutinho, who left the pitch in the first half through injury during Liverpool’s clash with Sunderland on Saturday.
The Daily Mail have since reported that the 24-year-old will be out of action for the next “five to six weeks,” ruling him out of the Leeds clash as well as potentially seven Premier League matches.
Now Leeds defender Bartley has shared his relief at the news, stating that he’s grateful at the absence of one of the Premier League’s outstanding players on Tuesday night.
“I’m happy about that one, I’m not going to lie,” said Bartley about not having to mark Coutinho to BBC Radio Leeds. “But like I said, they’ve got a fantastic squad and whoever comes in will have great quality.
“I just thank my lucky stars that it won’t be Coutinho.”
Coutinho has been in fine form this season with six goals and six assists in all competitions.
He has been integral to Klopp’s side, which are currently in a title race in the Premier League, battling with Chelsea who have a one point lead.
Had he played against Garry Monk’s side he would have been one of the most feared players on the pitch and the injury has come as a huge boost to the Championship team.
Leeds are also performing well in the Championship and are currently occupying fifth place as they look to end their 12-year wait for Premier League football.
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