Former Leeds United midfielder Michael Brown has discussed the injury setback to Diego Llorente, who has been ruled out for almost a month of action.
The 27-year-old was one of Marcelo Bielsa’s many summer signings, arriving at Elland Road during the transfer window from La Liga side Real Sociedad.
Having missed out on making his debut for the Whites prior to the recent international break, the former Real Madrid did feature for the Spanish national side against Portugal last week, adding to his previous five international caps.
His appearance for Spain, however, came at a cost, after La Roja announced in an official statement on their website that the defender had suffered a muscle injury.
Leeds have since confirmed that Llorente is expected to miss around three to four weeks of action.
What has Michael Brown said about the injury setback for Llorente?
Asked by Football Insider whether he thought Llorente was on the verge of breaking into Marcelo Bielsa’s starting eleven, Brown said: “He wasn’t on the bench against Sheffield United but he was on the bench against Manchester City.
“That tells you that Bielsa has a lot of faith in him. He doesn’t put them near the squad if the levels aren’t there.
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“He obviously believed he was up to speed.
“That will be a setback and that’s a thing maybe where the loading may be different and he was trying to get there a little bit quicker.”
Will Llorente prove to be worth his £18m transfer fee?
The Spaniard has plenty of experience, having played for Real Madrid, Malaga and Sociedad in the past prior to his arrival in Yorkshire.
Featuring in 29 La Liga matches last term for Sociedad, Llorente secured an average WhoScored match rating of 6.51, and whilst that rating may not impress some, his regular appearances for Spain and trust shown in him from national boss Luis Enrique should be a comfort.
It does on paper, look like a good £18m investment, however that may be determined by Llorente’s ability to deal with muscle injuries, something that has frustrated him in the past.
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