Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will be “concerned” if he has to line up with Robin Koch and Pascal Struijk at the heart of his defence against Wolves, according to Kevin Phillips.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England striker delivered his verdict after the club provided an update on the fitness of Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente.
Leeds confirmed the pair picked up groin injuries while on international duty and Llorente now faces three weeks out while captain Cooper will face a late fitness test ahead of the visit of Wolves but could be out for a fortnight.
Bielsa’s only other senior central defender options are youngster Pascal Struijk and summer signing Robin Koch.
The pair started the Yorkshire giants first Premier League game of the season when they lost 4-3 to Liverpool at Anfield.
Asked by Football Insider whether he expects Struijk and Koch to be given the nod against Wolves, Phillips said: “Yes, I would think so.
“Again on international duty losing your players, unfortunately.
“It’s crazy that they’re playing three international matches in the space of a week, 10 days.
“It’s crazy especially at this stage of the season with them not having such a long break in the summer, coming straight off the back of last season.
“It was inevitable that players were going to get injured so with the likes of Leeds coming up from the Championship you don’t want to be losing players who are crucial to you.
“The players that conceded the goals against Liverpool looks like they might have to go again. That’s quite concerning against a Wolves team with the firepower that we know they’ve got.
“I would certainly be concerned if I was Bielsa.”
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