By Danny Wright
Leeds United captain Liam Cooper was substituted off in Friday night’s loss to Sheffield United due to a dead leg, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay detailed on his personal Twitter account that Cooper, 26, picked up an injury blow in the defeat at Elland Road, however a dead leg should not see him sidelined for too long.
Cooper went off with a dead leg. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 27, 2017
Cooper was replaced by Pontus Jansson in the 56th minute while the scores were level at 1-1 after Billy Sharp opened the scoring early for the Blades before Kalvin Phillips equalised.
David Brooks scored a winner late on for Chris Wilder’s side, giving Sheffield United the bragging rights in the Yorkshire derby as Leeds lost ground in their bid for promotion.
The Whites welcome Derby to Elland Road on Tuesday night and will no doubt be hoping to bounce back to winning ways with senior player Cooper available to play.
Matthew Pennington and Jansson are the most likely centre-back pairing if the Scot is unavailable due his injury blow while Conor Shaughnessy is also an option if manager Thomas Christiansen wants to switch things up.
Cooper has made 12 appearances across all competitions for Leeds this term and has already missed a number of games due to short-term injuries and a suspension.
In other Leeds United news, Billy Sharp made a huge claim about the Whites ahead of Friday’s game.