'Fuming', 'How mad' - Leeds fans react to omission of in-form ace from team v Millwall
By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans have claimed that defender Liam Cooper will be sorely missed from their team for Saturday’s Championship clash against Millwall.
Manager Thomas Christiansen had indicated that the Leeds skipper would recover from the back injury he sustained in midweek to take his place in the starting XI at the New Den.
But Cooper was omitted from the line-up as youngster Conor Shaughnessy stepped in for his second league start of the season.
United are still without on-loan Everton centre-back Matthew Pennington, who has recovered from ankle ligament damage but is unlikely to be involved until next weekend’s meeting with Ipswich Town.
Christiansen’s line-up was otherwise unchanged with Leeds looking to retain their position at the top of the Championship.
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Leeds fans are disappointed that the in-form partnership of Cooper and Pontus Jansson will be broken up following a run of six consecutive clean sheets in the league.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Gunna miss Cooper, didn’t think I’d ever say that #lufc
— mark (@futers11) September 16, 2017
How mad is it that Cooper being out is a blow whereas previously it would have been a relief. Lads turned it round completely so far #lufc
— Adam Room (@AdamRoom17) September 16, 2017
You know times are changing when you’re worried when Cooper is out injured. Last time I would’ve celebrated that #lufc
— Sondre (@SondreDalen) September 16, 2017
— Nathan Frosdick (@NFrosdick) September 16, 2017
— paul kelly (@paulie_lufc) September 16, 2017
2 months ago id of been happy with no liam cooper…hes proved me wrong an alot of people. Going to be a miss #lufc
— Mark Baldwin (@balderslufc) September 16, 2017
— Ben Wilson (@BenW241) September 16, 2017
In other Leeds United news, the Yorkshire giants and Newcastle United have made rival bids to sign a defender and he has now agreed a deal.