There’s relief for Scotland as Leeds United captain Liam Cooper has had his calf injury deemed not to be a serious one.
Leeds played out a thrilling opening day contest on their return to the Premier League, losing 4-3 to champions Liverpool at Anfield. They gave a good account of themselves, pushing the Reds all the way.
There was one concern, however. Captain and Scotland international Cooper missed out due to a muscular problem, later found out to be a calf injury.
With Leeds looking to hit the ground running in the Premier League and Scotland having two massive matches within the next month, it was key that this knock wasn’t serious. Thankfully for everyone involved, it isn’t.
“Cooper came back with a slight muscular problem from playing with Scotland, we don’t think this will stop him from playing in the next match,” said Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds Live).
Steve Clarke’s side return to action next month in Euro 2020 play-off competition against Israel. Win that, and Scotland will play Norway or Serbia for a place at next summer’s major tournament. Cooper could be a key part in the defence that aims to secure this feat.