By Michael Brown

28th Nov, 2020 | 12:41pm

Exclusive: Pundit gutted as Leeds defender blow confirmed pre-Everton

Michael Brown has revealed his disappointment after Marcelo Bielsa confirmed Diego Llorente would be missing for Leeds United against Everton.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds midfielder admitted he is desperate to see just how good the summer signing, who is yet to make his debut, could be for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Everton, Bielsa confirmed that the 27-year-old would once again be missing as he recovers from a groin injury suffered in October.

It was revealed that the summer signing suffered a relapse of the problem in training, hence his elongated absence from the Leeds side.

Brown admitted he was gutted to hear Llorente would be missing once again against the Toffees and insisted he could not wait to finally see the Spain international in action at Elland Road.

Speaking of Llorente’s frustrating injury saga, Brown told Football Insider: “It’s not ideal, but it happens, you come back, the loading, and it does happen when you’ve had these injuries,

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“Not so much these days but again, this time now, you go with even more caution so you’re loading slower, if it’s a three-week injury, you allow five it’s just, that’s ultimately where you are, it’s even longer.

“You’ve just got to be sure, but I want to see him play, I’m interested to see how good he is in the Premier League, in that side. They need some stability, don’t they, they need to obviously shore up, they had a bad couple of games with goals.

“They’ve got some good games now, I think they can get some results.”

With Llorente out, Bielsa has used Liam Cooper, Robin Koch, Pascal Struijk and Luke Ayling as centre-backs this season.

The Spanish star has made only one matchday squad for Leeds as he was left as an unused substitute against Manchester City.

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