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Bielsa hopes Cooper injury not serious

14th April 2019, 12:20 by Daniel McCarthy

Marcelo Bielsa says he is hopeful Liam Cooper has not suffered a serious injury after pulling out of their Saturday game late on.

The Whites' skipper was set to play as usual alongside defensive partner Pontus Jansson in Saturday's game at home to Sheffield Wednesday, but pulled out during the warm up after feeling a glute muscle strain.

Cooper was replaced in the line up by Swiss defender Gaetano Berardi, who was making his first start since October.

It did not prove to make much difference as they kept a clean sheet in their 1-0 victory over the Owls, to extend the gap to Sheffield United in third.

Bielsa, speaking after game, remained hopeful that the injury was not serious and Cooper can still play a role up until the end of the season.

"We don't think so," Bielsa said when asked Cooper had suffered a serious injury. "He felt a pain like a strained muscle and usually the players don't suffer an injury in this muscle but with the pain, he couldn't play.

"I value the fact that Cooper did everything he could to play but at the same time, it's important to have the experience to tell us that he couldn't."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Daniel McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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