Bielsa unsure on Liam Cooper fitness

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Marcelo Bielsa says he is hopeful Liam Cooper has avoided a serious injury after pulling out of their game late on Saturday.

Marcelo Bielsa says he is hopeful Liam Cooper has avoided a serious injury after pulling out of their game late on Saturday.

 

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.’

 

What are the symptoms of a gluteal strain?
A gluteal strain is a stretch or tear of a muscle in your buttocks called the gluteal muscle. This type of injury is often called a pulled muscle. You will need to change or stop doing the activities that cause pain until your muscle or tendon has healed.

How do you treat a pulled gluteal muscle?
Rest the painful area, and avoid any activity that makes the pain worse. Apply ice or cold packs for 20 minutes at a time, as often as second hourly, for the first 72 hours. Keep using ice as long as it helps. Do gentle hip range-of-motion exercises and stretching to prevent stiffness.

When is Leeds United next game?
Rnd 43 Apr 19 – Leeds United v  Wigan Athletic
Rnd 44 Apr 22 – Brentford v Leeds United
Rnd 45 Apr 27 – Leeds United v Aston Villa
Rnd 46 May 5 – Ipswich Town v Leeds United

 

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