Kevin Campbell insisted Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will have to “earn his money” if Liam Cooper is ruled out over Christmas.
The former Arsenal and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed that the 29-year-old would be a “big miss” if sidelined for upcoming games against Burnley and West Brom.
The centre-half hobbled off of Leeds’ 6-2 defeat at Manchester United with a knock and could join Robin Koch and Gaetano Berardi in the medical room at Thorp Arch.
The latest update from Marcelo Bielsa admitted in his press conference, reported by Leeds Live, was that Cooper had an injury but he did not yet know the full severity of it.
However, there was positive news on Spain international Diego Llorente, the 56-year-old revealing that the defender was set to return to training this week having recovered from a muscle problem.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Leeds’ latest injury blow, Campbell said: “You cannot afford to lose a player like that – a top player and your captain.
“He is going to be big miss because he is a real talisman for Leeds.
“It is going to be a very difficult one for Leeds but they will have to find a way to replace him.
“They have to find a way to plug the gap over Christmas and get back to winning ways.
“Listen, they have got young centre-halves fit but they are not tried and tested. Bielsa has got to earn his money now.”