Phil Hay: Diego Llorente to resume first team training in Leeds this week

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Phil Hay from The Athletic has claimed that the shocking defeat of the weekend in the FA Cup has caused a change in the plans of Marcelo Bielsa this week.

Leeds lost 3-0 to Crawley Town on Sunday, where Bielsa’s team gamble did not pay off.

The decision to withdraw Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk, who are expected to be in the squad against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League clash, left Leeds brutally exposed at the rear.

Bielsa initially said he would use Diego Llorente, Real Sociedad’s summer signing, at the U23s to develop his form.

Llorente has battled injuries since joining his new club and has only made one appearance this season so far.

The Spanish international was lined up for an under-23 outing at Burnley on Monday, but when the lineup was released, he wasn’t.

Athletic’s Phil Hay said that he has recovered from a muscle strain and that his absence was not injury related or due to new injury concerns.

The Athletic journalist added that Llorente seems to be fully in training for the first team this week. The news will be a huge boost for Leeds, who don’t have Robin Koch at the moment.

Koch suffered a knee injury while playing against Chelsea. He has undergone surgery and the German international is expected to be out for three months.

Leeds captain Liam Cooper appeared in the FA Cup defeat. It remains to be seen if Llorente makes his first outing for the Whites against Brighton on Saturday.

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