Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has provided an injury update on Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas following the club’s 1-1 draw against Luton in the Championship on Tuesday night.
The west Yorkshire outfit had the opportunity to register a second league victory on the bounce, but they were unable to do so after their inability to take the chances on offer.
The club dominated the proceedings with 75 percent of the possession and they managed 23 attempts on goal when compared to the visitors, who had just three shots.
Still, it was Nathan Jones’ side, who took the surprise lead in the 50th minute after substitute Harry Cornick scored from a rare counter-attack for the club on the night.
Dallas was able to level the scores shortly after the hour mark, but Leeds could not pick up maximum points after both Patrick Bamford and Helder Costa missed clear-cut headed chances on goal.
Speaking after the game, Bielsa provided an update on the injuries sustained by captain Liam Cooper and Dallas. Cooper was substituted within the opening 15 minutes with a potential lower back problem, but the Argentine revealed that the centre-back had only picked up a knock.
However, the 64-year-old was doubtful over the availability of goalscorer Dallas for the next match against Blackburn Rovers. The converted left-back was found limping in second-half stoppage time and Bielsa said that the Northern Irishman ‘felt something in his glute’.
“I think it is a kick, very painful into the side but I don’t think it’s a heavy injury. I think [Dallas] felt something in the glute, but I don’t think he is going to play in the next match,” he was quoted as saying by Leeds Live.
Leeds are currently four points ahead of second-placed West Bromwich Albion on the table, but the Baggies can reduce the deficit when they face Sheffield Wednesday in their game in hand on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, third-placed Brentford have come within two points off West Brom with three successive league wins. They have also reduced the gap to Leeds from 11 points to just six since the season resumption.
The Bees have certainly made the promotion race interesting heading into the final six games and Bielsa will know that his team can’t afford to continue dropping points.
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