For Leeds United, having players involved with some of the best national teams during the current break is both a blessing and a curse.
It shows how far the club have come and adds to the growing status of the Whites, but it also brings the risk of injury. Spain’s sport media often refer to international breaks as the FIFA virus, as big La Liga clubs see their players fly around the world, often return tired and occasionally come back injured and unable to play.
That’s the case with Leeds United and Diego Llorente now. Diario de Navarra cover the defender’s injury, along with one picked up by Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno.
Both have suffered muscle issues and been sent back to their clubs sides. It’s explained national team doctors carried out examinations on the pair and though they were able to decide the players couldn’t continue during the international break, the extent of their injuries is unknown.
The Spanish report states both will undergo scans and then in the coming days the extent of the injuries will be revealed.
Marca seem to believe it could be muscle fatigue issues, saying the pair’s bodies ‘have said enough after the minutes accumulated’. That’s likely to be an ongoing issue during this season, and Leeds will hope Llorente’s problem isn’t also an ongoing one.