By Alex McLeish

16th Sep, 2021 | 7:00pm

McLeish 'fears the worst' after Leeds source's Llorente update

Leeds United will be “desperate” to get to the bottom of Diego Llorente’s recurring injury problems.

So says ex-Premier League manager Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 28-year-old centre-half’s latest hamstring blow.

The Spaniard was forced to withdraw after half an hour in last Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool.

It is the third hamstring injury Llorente has suffered in just 17 Premier League matches since his £18million move from Real Sociedad last summer.

Llorente has since confirmed in an Instagram post on 13 September that the setback is not serious and that he will be “back soon”.

But an injury prevention expert with experience at top-flight level told this site that Leeds will still be “embarrassed” by Llorente’s break down.

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And McLeish agrees that the medical department at Thorp Arch should have got to the bottom of Llorente’s injury issues.

“Llorente has now gone through a pretty negative process,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“When there are continuous injuries with top players, you wonder what the underlying problem is.

“But surely in the modern day, they must have the expertise to find out why the injuries are recurring.

“The player must be really frustrated and the club will be desperate to know what’s going on. The longest I spent out in my career was about six months.

“When you come back, you wonder if you ever really got over it. When you’re coming to the end of your career, you fear the worst.

“But he is still a young man and he should have plenty of playing time ahead of him. But he must be frustrated they haven’t been able to get it right.

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