By Danny Mills

19th Sep, 2021 | 2:22pm

Llorente may have long-term back issue after Leeds update - Mills

Danny Mills has admitted Diego Llorente’s injury record should be a serious worry for Leeds United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender suggested Llorente’s hamstring struggles may be because of an imbalance somewhere else in his body.

An injury prevention source told Football Insider that the Spaniard’s latest setback will “embarrass” the club.

He limped off after just half an hour of the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend and subsequently missed the draw with Newcastle United on Friday.

Llorente has now broken down three times with hamstring injuries in just 17 Premier League games.

In Spain, he did not have a reputation for being injury-prone and regularly played at least 30 times a season.

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Asked whether his constant injury struggles is a worry to Leeds, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Yes, it is.

“Sometimes you have to start looking at the body. Is that a symptomatic injury that suggests there’s something more serious underline? Whether that be his back being out of line or an imbalance somewhere else. That’s a better way to look at it.

“His load will be managed and he’ll be well looked after so maybe there’s something else in the body that is throwing it out of balance and they haven’t found it yet.”

Leeds are in the middle of a defensive crisis once again this season with both Llorente and Robin Koch injured while Pascal Struijk is suspended.

Luke Ayling also limped off against Newcastle United and Kalvin Phillips was deployed alongside Liam Cooper for the closing stages at St. James’ Park.

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