Leeds United captain Liam Cooper is training with Rangers wonderkid Alex Lowry in Dubai during the World Cup break ahead of the return to action next month – with pictures on Instagram, in which he says the sessions are “disgusting”.
Cooper, 31, has returned from injury to start seven of our last eight League games. With the Scotland star fit, Cooper will be hoping to maintain avoiding injury as domestic football takes a seat. He has gone to Dubai to ensure that.
Indeed, despite a couple of shaky moments, Cooper’s return has helped Leeds turn the tide. He has started and finished games against Fulham, Liverpool, Bournemouth and then Tottenham. He remains crucial to Jesse Marsch.
While others have been seen enjoying a break – with Rodrigo attending Disneyland Paris with his family – others have been working hard on their fitness. Cooper is an example of that, sharing pictures from Dubai alongside Lowry.
Leeds captain Cooper training with Rangers wonderkid Lowry
It is great to see. While Cooper has come in for criticism, and Leeds are conceding goals, it is no doubt that with our current options – Leeds are a better side with Cooper in the starting XI. Diego Llorente’s last start was Leicester away.
Probably, our worst performance of the season. Having Cooper in the team gets the defence more organised. Yes, we are conceding goals, but that is more down to Marsch’s style of play. So, keeping Cooper fit is absolutely crucial.
It is good to see Cooper doing his utmost to remain fit while the Premier League season is halted. To be training with Lowry is a bit of a surprise, but it might be that the two met while on international duty – albeit, Lowry with the 21’s.
Leeds are back in action on December 28, a tough return to action against Manchester City. However, City have 16 players in Qatar, while Leeds only have three – in the form of Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen.