By Danny Mills

6th Aug, 2021 | 12:57pm

Leeds handed 'big blow' after Llorente update from source - Mills

Leeds United have been dealt a “big blow” after it was reported Diego Llorente is set to miss the start of the Premier League season.

That is according to ex-Whites and England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Llorente limped off in a pre-season friendly.

The centre-back was substituted after 25 minutes against Real Betis last week and has not featured since.

The reliable Leeds source LUFCFANZONE reported yesterday (5 August) he has a leg muscle injury that could see him miss three weeks of action.

Llorente has struggled with injuries since completing a £18million switch from Real Sociedad last summer.

He did not make his full Whites debut until Janaury and was substituted after just 10 minutes.

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Asked for his assessment of the latest update, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It is a big blow.

“He’s a real quality player that holds that team together.

“It looks like he’s going to miss the start of the season which is a strange situation.

“He needs to get fit and play in a run of games. We’ve seen before once the season gets underway and you’re playing catch up trying to play your way fit without a proper pre-season it’s tough and really difficult to do.

“He has to make sure his body is right and robust enough to deal with the challenges that the Premier League is going to throw at you.”

Despite Llorente’s initial struggles, he ended last season as a major part of Leeds’ impressive defence.

He ended the campaign with 15 appearances and was part of the Spain squad at the European Championship.

In other news, a Leeds United star with 13 Premier League appearances last term has been tipped to join a new 21/22 club after Phil Hay news.