Leeds United defender Robin Koch could potentially have a long-term injury problem, according to reliable journalist Phil Hay.
The Lowdown: Koch missing for Whites
The Whites picked up their first Premier League victory of the season on Saturday, clinching a 1-0 win at home to Watford thanks to Diego Llorente’s goal.
Koch didn’t feature at Elland Road, with the German defender ruled out ever since the defeat to Manchester United on the opening weekend of the campaign.
The Latest: Hay provides update
Speaking in a Q&A for The Athletic immediately after Saturday’s game, Hay responded to a question regarding Koch’s injury and whether it could be similarly serious to Adam Forshaw’s, with the 29-year-old sidelined for the bones of the past two years.
The journalist duly gave this 13-word response: “Wasn’t involved with the 23s last night so possibly. Will find out asap.”
The Verdict: Worrying news
Koch has been an impressive performer for Leeds since signing from Freiburg last year, but injuries have restricted him to just 18 appearances for the club, with a knee problem keeping him sidelined for three months last term and also a false start to the current campaign.
The 25-year-old’s latest setback is a worrying one and Hay’s initial reluctance to put a date on his return suggests that the issue could be a serious one.
Fortunately, Llorente is fit again and Pascal Struijk has returned from suspension which helps alleviate the problem at centre-back, but Bielsa can’t afford many more absences in his defence.
In other news, Leeds could reportedly reignite their interest in one player in January. Find out who it is here.
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