Kevin Campbell claimed Leeds United defender Robin Koch has suffered a “big personal blow” after he underwent surgery on a knee injury today.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Arsenal and Everton striker said it will be “very difficult” to replace the 24-year-old who has enjoyed an impressive start to the 2020/21 campaign.

The club confirmed that the centre-half would undergo surgery in London today for a knee injury sustained in the 3-1 loss at Chelsea on Saturday.

The Athletic‘s Phil Hay delivered a buoyant update as he reported that the injury is not thought to be serious and a timescale will be detailed after the operation is completed.

Koch has started all 11 of Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s Premier League matches this season, the only centre-half at the club to do so.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the recent injury news coming out of Elland Road, Campbell said: “It is a big personal blow to the player.

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“It seems to be the way sometimes, you are doing well and starting to build a bit of confidence and then an injury takes all of that confidence away.

“I wish Robin Koch all of the best. Hopefully it is a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

“He will need to be replaced in that back four and it will be very difficult because he was done very well for Leeds this season.” 

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