Liam Cooper has played a vital role for Leeds United this season, as they continue to challenge for automatic promotion under Marcelo Bielsa.

The 27-year-old defender has made 34 appearances in all competitions during the current campaign, and is a key figure for the Whites.

Leeds fans will have been concerned to see Cooper missing from the side that took on Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon, as he had to sit out the 1-0 win due to injury.

Without him, Bielsa’s men managed to pick up three points and remain in second position in the Championship table, thanks to Jack Harrison’s 65th minute goal.

Following the victory, the Leeds United boss provided an update on Cooper’s condition, and why he wasn’t fielded on Saturday.

When asked if the injury was serious, Bielsa told Leeds Live: “We don’t think so because he felt like a muscle strain.

“The players don’t normally suffer pain in this muscle, but he was in pain and couldn’t play.

“I value Cooper did everything he could to play the game. It’s important to know he couldn’t play the game.”

Leeds fans will be relieved to hear the news as they prepare for the final four games of the season, as they aim to gain promotion to the Premier League.

Bielsa’s side currently have a three-point cushion over third-placed Sheffield United, and having Cooper available is a massive boost for their automatic promotion hopes.

Leeds are also hot on the heels of league leaders Norwich City, and if they can finish the season with four wins from four they could return to the top flight as champions.

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