Leeds United are currently without Diego Llorente as he recovers from another injury and Alex McLeish believes it will be tough for the player, emphasising the importance of the medical team.
What McLeish had to say about Llorente
McLeish told Football Insider: “They’re like your kids, you know, you have to reassure them, and you want to do the very best by your players. He’ll probably be closer to the medical team the amount of times he’s been on the treatment table so it’s up to these guys as well to say: ‘You’re going to be alright.’ This is a reoccurring injury but they have to reassure him.
“He’ll be sitting on that table saying to the physios and things: ‘Why is this happening all the time, am I going to ever be alright?’ I would be very surprised if a physio says: ‘No, it’s going to happen your whole career.’
“Assurance from these guys, the backroom staff should be so important to Bielsa in that respect, and they have to find a way of strengthening those muscles and so they can cope with the Bielsa style of play.
“I’m very sure that before they signed him they would have had a look at his injury history before, if he had one, or whether this is just a new thing.”
Recovery will be hard for Llorente
The club already have injury issues at the back with Robin Koch currently recovering from surgery, so Bielsa must have been frustrated when Llorente had to come off injured against Newcastle recently.
The summer signing has had loads of injury struggles since he signed for the club but shone in one of his two Premier League appearances for Leeds, winning nine defensive duels versus Chelsea (SofaScore).
Described as “fantastic”, the Spaniard has only featured twice since his arrival, and his consistent problems will definitely be a worry for Marcelo Bielsa, even more so because he played so well when he got the chance. Rushing him back, however, could be catastrophic.
Hamstring issues are incredibly hard to manage, but with Leeds eleventh in the division (SofaScore) and looking like they will comfortably stay in the top flight, these injuries the defender is suffering will not put a lot of stress on the club.
However, McLeish is right when he says it will affect the player mentally as well. The medical team needs to take this into consideration and provide him with a lot of support so that when he is back on the pitch he is fully ready to help Leeds in the top flight.
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