Phil Hay shares rough timescale of major Leeds United absence

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Leeds United are looking at a significant absence for Liam Cooper following his hamstring injury.

While every Premier League team sweats over the prospects of having to postpone games thanks to not having players available, Leeds look like soldiering on despite the same, but different, issue.

Injuries are getting beyond a joke at Elland Road, right as the toughest fixture run Leeds could ask for kicks in.

Leeds face Arsenal this weekend hopeful of replicating their performance against Chelsea and not that against Manchester City, but will have to do it without a large portion of their first team.

Liam Cooper is one of the main casualties after his hamstring injury from the Brentford draw earlier this month.

There hasn’t been a specific timescale on his setback, but now, The Athletic’s Phil Hay has reported on how long he’s definitely going to be out.

Three games the Scotland international is certain to miss are games against the Gunners, a trip to Liverpool on Boxing Day, and the quick turnaround two days later at home to Aston Villa.

He’s going to be out until at least the new year, with no information following that time on when he might be back at the heart of defence.

It could be better, but it could definitely be worse for Cooper.

We have Phillips recovering from hamstring surgery at the moment, outlining that the severity of Cooper’s is lesser than that of his.

We can hope that his absence is only limited to the next three games, but that is a level of optimism I don’t think I have in me with our luck at the minute.

Cooper isn’t the most popular character at Leeds amongst fans, but I think this run could be what demonstrates his importance, given how many we’ve already shipped without him.