Although he has remained cautious and reserved with his latest update, Liam Cooper appears to have handed Leeds United some encouraging news about his recovery.
The defender has recently revealed that whilst he is on schedule in regards to his timetable, he admitted that things had been progressing a lot quicker than he had originally thought they would.
Speaking to the LUTV app (via Leeds Live), Cooper said: “Still on schedule. It’s settling down a little bit quicker than I thought it would, there’s a bit of damage in the tendon which usually takes a bit longer, but I’m progressing well in the gym.
“Really looking forward to getting back outside, it’ll maybe be a couple of weeks yet but hopefully I can keep cracking on in the gym, strengthening around the muscle. Who knows, I could get back a bit earlier but it all depends on the healing process.”
Leeds, perhaps, missed Cooper in their 2-1 defeat to Millwall prior to the current international break as his replacement, Gaetano Berardi, forced the Whites to play the game with just ten men after 15 minutes of action – although that decision was considered highly controversial and saw his red card rescinded.
The Scotland international has been a rock for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the nine matches he managed to play in before being expected to miss out on the next six weeks, as the 28-year-old managed to achieve solid figures of 1.4 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 3.2 clearances (WhoScored).
He and Ben White had been two of the leading figures at the back for Leeds before his injury (WhoScored), so his absence will have likely always been felt.
Whilst he is likely to miss the remainder of October because of the timeframe thought to have been given on the injury, a return to action in November would not be so bad as the fixture list starts to become a little manic.
Hearing Cooper’s recent update will certainly be an encouraging piece of news for fans and those at Leeds as he has proven to be instrumental to their efforts in recent months and, as mentioned, his absence against Millwall would have been felt.
Indeed, the £4.05m-rated defender (per TransferMarkt) may have been cautious about how well his injury is going, however if he feels that things are going a little bit quicker in terms of his rehabilitation, perhaps, he will not have to miss as many games as Marcelo Bielsa and the Whites may have first feared.
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