Leeds United’s latest Premier League outing saw them scrape a 2-2 draw at Elland Road against Brentford thanks to a last-gasp goal from striker Patrick Bamford from the substitutes bench.
Despite managing to rescue a point from the game right at the death, Leeds were unfortunately struck with two concerning injury worries that forced a couple of their key players off the pitch.
With defender Liam Cooper and midfielder Kalvin Phillips both picking up injuries in the match against Thomas Frank’s side, Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa said after the game that he doesn’t know “what type of injuries they have nor how long they’re going to take to recover.”
Given the lack of clarity at the moment it would presumably be rather concerning for the Leeds fans at the moment regarding the injured duo, however, with details likely to follow at some point this week, it’s safe to say that many supporters will have their fingers crossed that their fitness issues aren’t severe.
Taking into account how Leeds have only just welcomed back Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford back to action after being out for a significant period with injuries, Bielsa will surely be fuming if he has to deal with the prospect of having Phillips and Cooper now out on the sidelines too,
With Phillips and Cooper being two of the four outfield Leeds players that have racked up more than 1000 minutes of Premier League action so far this season alongside Raphinha and Stuart Dallas, this shows not only how important they are to the team but how much of a blow it would be to have them out injured.
After all, Cooper is the club captain and his midfield colleague is now a successful England international.
Additionally, with Leeds having conceded 22 goals in 15 league games so far this season and the fact that after the Chelsea match at the weekend, they have Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool to deal with before January, it’s safe to say that they could really do with having the spine of their team available for these games to give the Yorkshire club the best chance of picking up some points to stay away from the relegation zone.