Danny Mills has claimed Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has been “fortunate” Diego Llorente has returned from injury at the same time Liam Cooper has picked up a knock.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and England full-back delivered his verdict after Bielsa revealed the Spaniard is in a condition to play against Burnley on Sunday.
However, club captain Cooper has a strain in his abdominals and is a doubt for the visit of the Clarets.
Cooper was forced off after 82 minutes in Leeds’ 6-2 defeat to Manchester United last weekend with the Yorkshire giants already in the middle of an injury crisis.
Summer signing Robin Koch had surgery on his knee after picking up an injury against Chelsea earlier this month and is now set for a long period on the sidelines.
Llorente replaced Koch at Stamford Bridge but has not featured for Bielsa’s side since the 3-1 defeat.
However, he could be set to make his full debut at Elland Road this weekend with Cooper a serious doubt.
“That’s the way it happens in football,” Mills told Football Insider.
“Managers get fortunate with timing issues.
“Players are pushing to get into the team and all of sudden they get an opportunity. If they seize that opportunity then brilliant.”
Llorente moved to Leeds for a reported £18million fee from La Liga side Real Sociedad in September but has been limited to just one substitute appearance.
The 27-year-old picked up a groin injury while on international duty in October and after his appearance against the Blues, he hit another setback.