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11th Jan, 2017 | 8:31am

Garry Monk provides injury update on Leeds defender ahead of Derby clash

By Amir Mir

Garry Monk has stated that he hopes Liam Copper will be “ready” for Leeds’ clash against Derby on Friday night.

Defender Cooper went off injured in the second half of the Whites 2-1 win over Cambridge United in the FA Cup on Monday.

The 25-year-old injured his leg during the clash but Monk is hopeful that he will be ready for the Championship fixture against the Rams.

Steve McClaren’s side are five points behind their opponents in the table as they bid to overcome their opponents at Elland Road.

Ahead of the match, Monk provided this update on centre-back Cooper as he explained what they will do if he misses out.

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“It was an impact injury, a clash of legs, so we’re hoping it’s not too serious,” said Monk, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Standard. “It inflamed straight away so there was no risk from us.

“We took him off and we’re hoping it settles down and he’ll be ready for Friday. We have to deal with whatever’s thrown at us.

“It’s the hand we get dealt and we have to overcome it. Our mentality’s strong but we’re very hopeful that Coops will be okay.

“It’s nothing too serious and if he’s not (available) we’ll come up with something to make sure we adapt.”

Cooper has played 14 Championship, EFL Cup and FA Cup matches for Monk’s side this season, helping him secure four clean sheets in the process.

The Yorkshire club have won their last four games on home soil, last losing to automatic hopefuls Newcastle in November.

On the other hand, Derby were comfortably beaten in their last league game when Norwich inflicted a 3-0 defeat on the Midlands club at Carrow Road.

However, they did cause an upset at the weekend when they knocked out Premier League side West Brom out of the FA Cup.

In other Leeds team news, there has been a major reshuffle at the club as three new arrivals have been confirmed.

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