Liam Cooper is likely to miss Leeds United’s Championship showdown against Brentford at Griffin Park on Monday.
Writing for the Yorkshire Evening Post, correspondent Phil Hay reported that the United skipper is set to be absent for a third consecutive match with the muscle injury he sustained in the warm-up ahead of the win over Sheffield Wednesday a week ago.
Citing manager Marcelo Bielsa’s pessimistic update in the wake of the Good Friday defeat to Wigan Athletic at Elland Road, Hay explained Cooper is once again set to watch on from the stands in what is a major blow to the team.
Football Insider verdict:
Cooper has suffered his fair share of niggling and minor muscle injuries during his five years at Leeds and this latest problem could not have come at a worse time. It does not reflect well on United’s injury prevention methods that the 27-year-old broke down only minutes before the kick-off against Wednesday. That is Sunday League stuff, really. Gaetano Berardi is a whole-hearted operator who is aggressive and committed, but he does not have Cooper’s aerial prowess or ability on the ball. One of the features of Leeds’ play this season has been Cooper’s raking diagonal balls from his left-sided defensive slot to Pablo Hernandez on the right flank, and they were really missed against Wigan. Leeds’ poor defensive performance against a team who played most of the match with 10 men cannot solely be attributed to the absence of Cooper. But, it’s fair to say the defender was sorely missed by his side.
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