Leeds United cannot catch a whiff of luck on the injury front at the moment. Already with a number of key players out, now the list has grown that little longer today.
First-team defenders Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi are joined in the treatment rooms by Stuart Dallas and club captain Liam Cooper. Whilst the former was a surprise to Leeds United fans, Dallas fracturing a foot in Saturday’s win against Sheffield United, Cooper’s absence was expected.
Centre-back Cooper had gone down injured after a challenge in Saturday’s game against the Blades, young Finland international Aapo Halme replacing him. Initial prognosis wasn’t clear, but that has now been more than clarified by both Cooper and the club.
The operation, done in Italy with Cooper going under the knife of renowned surgeon Paulo Mariani, sees Hull-born Cooper likely to miss the next six weeks of the season. It is, of course, a blow for the Whites and leaves them with just two fit first-team defenders in Barry Douglas and Pontus Jansson.
In a way, Cooper’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time, what with the busy nature of December. Yet, whilst being an undoubted issue, it does open the door for youngster Halme who fans will no doubt get to see more of in the coming weeks.
A tweet such as the one above, showing Cooper giving the thumbs-up from his hospital bed, is bound to draw a response from Leeds United fans. Here’s how some of them replied.
Leeds United fans comment of Liam Cooper hospital bed tweet
Fingers crossed for a quick recovery xx
— Jane Beer (@BeerJane58) December 5, 2018
Looking good for Saturday Coops. Sure you can run it off. 😉 MOT.
— Neil Wormald (@Wormy293) December 5, 2018
Wishing you a speedy recovery captain coops. Been brilliant a true leader. MOT
— DAZZLER (@darsum82) December 5, 2018
I've got those pants. Well, not those pants but ones like them. Good man. Limping on together.
— Dr.T🔙🔛🔝 (@DoctorT1992) December 5, 2018
Been fantastic this season let’s hope the lads can keep it going until you’re back!
— Andy Rafter (@raftersproduce) December 5, 2018
— Lee Maspero (@Leemo_LUFC) December 5, 2018
Top man, you've been playing a crucial part for this club Coops. Speedy recovery and come back stronger 💪 we'll be waiting.
— Jon (@JonLUFC94) December 5, 2018