Marcelo Bielsa’s 100% record in charge of Leeds United came to a halt on Tuesday evening, as the Peacocks rallied to a 2-2 draw with Swansea City after trailing in the match.
Leeds still stand as the early pacesetters in the chase for a return to the Premier League and there were many positive signs to take from the draw, where they faced one of their promotion rivals away from home in South Wales.
While there were positive signs on the field, Leeds were handed a major blow before kick-off as Liam Cooper picked up a knock in the warm-up and was forced to sit on the sidelines as a result, with young Jamie Shackleton slotting into the heart of the defence.
The full extent of Cooper’s injury is not yet known but it does hand Bielsa a selection headache, as Sweden international Pontus Jansson was also forced to miss the clash against Swansea with a back problem.
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Cooper took to Twitter after the game to praise the performance of his team-mates and many fans were quick to wish their captain a speedy recovery.
We missed you tonight. #MOT
— Sarah Tennant ⚽️????????? (@sarahtlufc) August 21, 2018
— RyanC (@RyanLUFC92) August 21, 2018
Back soon please Liam hope it’s all good
— Matt (@mattlufc_) August 21, 2018
Hope your injury isn’t too serious. Need you back and fit.
— SJWilson30 (@SJWilson30) August 22, 2018
Oh don’t you even dare think about being injured pal.
— Daniel Brader (@Castrobrader) August 21, 2018
Missed you last night Coops hope you’re ok for Saturday #lufc
— robbie 2thais (@robbie2thais) August 22, 2018
Missed you last night big lad. Hope your fit for Saturday!
— El Loco (@Jxnssxn) August 22, 2018
Missed you at the back tonight captain hurry back
— Matthew Lovell (@matthewlovell26) August 22, 2018
You and Pontus will be reunited soon
— ben harris (@Dirtyleeds1985) August 21, 2018
Hope it’s not too serious captain! We need you!
— Scott (@sco060) August 21, 2018