It is a “disappointing” blow for Leeds United that defender Diego Llorente will be out for two more weeks, according to Darren Bent.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England forward delivered his verdict after the Spaniard returned early from international duty last week with a groin injury.
Leeds confirmed last week that Llorente could be out for a further fortnight, which will rule him out of the fixtures against Aston Villa, Leicester City and Crystal Palace.
Fellow defender Liam Cooper pulled out of the game on Monday after initially being named in the starting line-up.
It meant Marcelo Bielsa lined up with Robin Koch and Pascal Struijk at the heart of his defence for the second time this season.
Leeds have lost both games, their only defeats in their first Premier League campaign for 16 years.
“It’s what all managers fear,” Bent told Football Insider.
“It’s just unfortunate that he’s gone away with his international side and picked up this injury.
“That’s the risk you run when you’re an international player and you go away and play this amount of games.
“I’m sure a lot of managers would want their players to rest during the international break.
“You look at what it’s done for Jamie Vardy, he’s absolutely excelled now he has no international football.
“It is disappointing and unfortunately it is one of those things that all managers know is a possibility.
“For Leeds unfortunately it’s happened to them.”
Llorente moved to Leeds from Spanish side Real Sociedad in the transfer window for a reported £18million fee.
He is yet to make his Whites debut and may now have to wait until next month to do so.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has admitted he is very worried by what Kalvin Phillips did after the final whistle against Wolves.