Phil Hay has delivered a Leeds injury update from Marcelo Bielsa’s latest press conference as they prepare to take on West Ham this weekend. The boss has revealed that Robin Koch’s injury is much worse than originally feared.
The German will undergo surgery on what was initially thought to be a dead leg, but instead he will be sidelined for up to three months with a knee problem. Fellow summer signing Diego Llorente replaced him last time out against Chelsea and was given the green light to stand in during his absence, but now, he has picked up an injury of his own.
Bielsa also leaked what his starting lineup is going to be on Friday, which was a peculiar decision in itself. However, he revealed that he would be starting Luke Ayling at centre-back considering he is now getting down to the bare bones, something the 29-year-old isn’t new to.
The Englishman has operated in a more central role on three occasions so far this season, winning two of those matches. But not having a fit natural centre-back is a worry for Bielsa, who will be concerned that two of his summer signings have picked up injuries which will affect the team.
Although the Whites will be relieved knowing that they will not face the threat of Michail Antonio at the weekend, it’s still alarming that they will be without both Koch and Llorente.
The Irons have won three of their last five Premier League games and recently held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw. Leeds have won just one in their last five and have shipped 11 goals in that time, including their back-to-back 4-1 defeats to Leicester and Crystal Palace.
It will be a tough fixture to host and the pressure will be on Ayling to plug a very large hole in the Leeds defence.
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