Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has received a six-match ban following an incident in the club’s 1-0 defeat to Reading last weekend, the FA have confirmed in a statement.
The Scot was adjudged to have stamped on Reece Oxford’s head in the 74th minute of that game, but the clash was not spotted by the officials at the time.
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However, after a review by the English game’s governing body, Cooper has been retrospectively banned and may not feature for the Whites again this term.
The centre-back will miss the remaining fixtures of the regular Championship season against Preston North End, Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burton Albion, Norwich City and Wigan Athletic.
He could return if Leeds make the play-offs; they currently lie fifth and have a five-point cushion over seventh-placed Fulham.
Despite this seemingly comfortable position, United have lost their last two games, following up the defeat at Reading with another away loss, this time at Brentford on Tuesday night.
Saturday’s clash with Preston North End now takes on extra significance as Leeds hunt for the points that will secure them a top-six finish.