Leeds told 'last thing they wanted to hear' about Llorente in crushing update - Whelan
Leeds United will still be sweating over Diego Llorente’s availability for Spain after a Covid-19 scare, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested a good Euros for the 27-year-old would be a huge boost for Marcelo Bielsa heading into next season.
As confirmed on Thursday (June 11th) evening, Llorente has provided three negative Covid-19 tests after testing positive earlier this week.
🚨 OFICIAL | @diego_2llorente encadena su tercer test PCR con resultado negativo.
➡️ En el caso de que el futbolista internacional sume una prueba más con resultado negativo, se reincorporaría mañana viernes a la concentración de España.
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) June 10, 2021
A fourth negative test would see the Leeds star allowed to return to training within the squad bubble.
Whelan suggested Llorente still needed game time after a disrupted 2020/21 campaign.
As such, he was thrilled to hear the defender could be available for his country.
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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s been quite emotional season for him with injuries and being in and out of the squad. I think the last thing that anybody really wanted to hear or know about is that he had Covid.
“Thankfully he’s okay now and negative tests have come back because we want to see more of him. We want to see him carry on that great form that he finished off with for Leeds.
“I think it’s important for the club to get a very good, confident performance out of Llorente until they may meet England. Then we’d want to see him to have a shocker. For the club, it’s good to see somebody going in there.
“I think he still needs the games. He needs a good competition under his belt because he didn’t have a full season with Leeds. As a fan, when you support certain sides, you want to see your team players playing in the big competitions.
“Hopefully it’s a successful one and everything goes well for him from now on.”
Spain kick off their Euros campaign against Sweden on Monday.
They will also face Slovakia and Poland in the group stage.