By Michael Brown

28th Jan, 2021 | 6:00pm

Pundit Verdict: Leeds star facing spell out after shattering update - Exclusive

Leeds United could be without Diego Llorente for “some time” after being forced off through injury against Newcastle United, according to Michael Brown.

The former Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he was hopeful the 27-year-old had picked up “something slightly different” which would only keep him out in the short-term.

Speaking after the 2-1 win at St James’ Park, as quoted by Leeds Live, Bielsa confirmed the Spain international had suffered a hamstring injury “similar” to the one which kept him out over December and January.

Llorente picked up his last setback after making his debut from the substitutes’ bench against Chelsea, having missed the opening months of the season with a groin problem.

Brown believes Leeds could escape a serious problem if the centre-back’s problem was different to his last but suggested it could be a lengthy absence if he had suffered a recurrence.

Asked what he made of Llorente’s injury issues, Brown told Football Insider: “We discussed whether it was the right time, it’s amazing that it happened yet again after talking about it.

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“You’ve got to strip him back, start again. They’ve got a good medical team down there and sometimes it just happens. With the weather, the pitches, the climate, it’s all not going for you at the moment so I think it’s just going to be extra careful now.

“Really, we don’t know how far the injury is because it could just be a little bit, where you get a niggle, and let’s hope it is. I don’t want to say it’s back to square one because we don’t know, it could be just something slightly different.

“I just think that that happens when you come back from a particular injury. If it’s the same injury, I’ve got to say then it’s going to be some time because you’re going to have to really, really tread with extra caution.”

Llorente has now played just 91 minutes in the league for Leeds since joining from Real Sociedad last summer.

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