Liam Cooper has been out in Dubai working on his fitness during the World Cup break and the Leeds United captain finished his training camp on Thursday – training in the heat alongside Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett.
Cooper, 31, returned from injury and made his first Premier League outing at the beginning of October. The Scotland star has had a lot of issues in the past. So, he has chosen to go to the Middle East to remain fit during the break.
Earlier this week, Cooper was training alongside Rangers talent Alex Lowry – labeling the sessions were “disgusting”. The training base in Dubai is called Elite Sports Performance based in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Cooper finished today.
In his final training session, as posted on Instagram by one of the strength and conditioning coaches Chris Bowman, Cooper was seen working hard with Newcastle left-back Dummett. Bowman posted a video on his Instagram story.
Premier League defenders Cooper and Dummett are doing a passing drill in the Dubai heat. Cooper is in a white t-shirt. Dummett, currently struggling for game time at Newcastle under Eddie Howe, is in a navy t-shirt.
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Leeds captain working on fitness alongside Newcastle defender Dummett
Cooper is not the only Leeds star to be working on his fitness during the break. Others Whites stars including the likes of Mateusz Klich, Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt have also been in the Middle East, keeping sharp and fit.
Leeds are back in action on December 28, just 10 days after the World Cup final. Leeds and Cooper face a tough return to action, taking on League winners Manchester City. They then face Newcastle and Aston Villa in a short space of time.
One positive that Leeds may find in their clash against City, is that Leeds only have three World Cup players. City have a whole 16 players currently in Qatar in Pep Guardiola’s first team. Tiredness could play a factor in Leeds’ favour.