By Danny Mills

2nd Nov, 2021 | 5:00pm

Mills makes 'incredible' Leeds claim after another shattering injury bulletin

Danny Mills has suggested the mounting injury list at Leeds United is due to burnout under Marcelo Bielsa.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted there is only so long Leeds’ small squad can push themselves to the “absolute limit”.

As quoted by Leeds Live (October 29), the latest shattering injury bulletin from Bielsa is that he has refused to put a return date on Patrick Bamford, Luke Ayling and Robin Koch.

Meanwhile, Raphinha and Jamie Shackleton were fit enough to start the 2-1 win over Norwich City but Junior Firpo was not risked.

Kalvin Phillips, Diego Llorente and Liam Cooper have also missed periods of action this term.

“The problem that Leeds have is, the first team have done incredibly well,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“But they’re now getting to this stage of three-and-a-half years under Bielsa, are they starting to get a little bit burnt out? They’ve been pushed to their absolute limit for that amount of time.

“All of a sudden they’re starting to pick up a lot of injuries. Liam Cooper has had a lot of injuries, Luke Ayling’s been out for a while, Kalvin Phillips was injured. Liverpool had exactly the same thing last season and that was their fourth season where that team had been at it constantly.

“It’s tough to consistently be at that high level. The fitness, consistency for three seasons is tough.

“I think that’s why Leeds have suffered a little bit. The squad is not big enough to allow players to have a bit of a rest.

“If you keep pushing people to the limit then eventually something has to give. Bielsa has always been accused of burnout in the past, maybe people are starting to see that a little bit with Leeds?”

In other news, a Leeds United player deal is in line to be terminated.