Danny Mills believes the possible absence of both central defenders Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente for the Leeds United clash against Wolves will be a “worry” for Marcelo Bielsa.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds and England full-back delivered his verdict after the Argentine issued an update on the pair.
As reported by The Athletic’s Phil Hay, Bielsa confirmed on Friday that Llorente is out of the game while captain Cooper is a doubt.
Bielsa's been speaking this afternoon, ahead of Wolves on Monday. Injury news:
– Hernandez fit to play
– Raphinha should be involved for the first time
– Llorente is out
– Cooper's a doubt.
Everyone else returned from international duty unscathed. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) October 16, 2020
Bielsa also confirmed that Pablo Hernandez could make his second appearance of the season after he has been absent since the opening day.
It means that the Yorkshire giants will likely line up with summer signing Robin Koch and youngster Pascal Struijk at the heart of their defence.
The pair started Leeds’ 4-3 opening day defeat to champions Liverpool as Cooper was out with another injury and Llorente was yet to join the club.
Asked by Football Insider what the absence of Cooper and Llorente means for the Whites, Mills said: “That’s always going to be a little bit of a worry.
“You have to deal with it. It’s where you are hopefully it’ll only be for a game or two.
“But it is what it is. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do about it right now.
“This is the problem that everyone is having to deal with with the transfer window came just before the international break and you’ve got new players coming in who haven’t been around, you’ve got players jetting off all over the world picking up covid, picking up injuries.
“It’s going to take a little bit of time for that to settle down.
“It’s basically all hands to the pump for every single team and deal with what you’ve got.”
Cooper and Koch have started Leeds’ other three Premier League games together in which they have been unbeaten.
However, they have only kept one clean sheet in that time and conceded three to fellow top-flight new boys Fulham.
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