Marcelo Bielsa makes decision on signing another defender for Leeds in January

Marcelo Bielsa claims he will not sign another centre-half next month – despite Diego Llorente joining Robin Koch on Leeds’ crocked list.

Llorente suffered a muscle injury during his debut at Chelsea on Saturday and will be out for up to three weeks.

Koch aggravated a knee problem against Chelsea and will be sidelined for three months after having surgery on Tuesday.

Bielsa ruled out going into the market and says he has enough cover, including Gaetano Berardi, who should return in February from his serious knee injury.

Diego Llorente is injured again

“We are not thinking about going out into the market and bringing another centre-back into the team,” said the Leeds head coach.

“In the game against Aston Villa, Luke Ayling played at centre-back and he played a very good game.

“And against Liverpool, Pascal Struijk played at centre-back and he had a very good game too.

“In the Championship, Kalvin Phillips also played at centre-back and he has adjusted to that role.

“Also, we expect to be able to count on Berardi from February.”

Robin Koch (right) is out for three months

Llorente’s injury is hugely disappointing and the Spanish international came off the bench to make his first appearance for Leeds when Koch was forced off early on at Stamford Bridge.

“Llorente won’t be available,” said Bielsa. “He has a muscle problem and it will take him a while to recover.

“We won’t be able to count on him for at least two weeks. We have to see how long it takes and it could take longer. For sure, for the next two to three weeks, we won’t be able to count on him.

“Koch’s operation went well and how long he is out will depend on his recovery, but he is likely to be out for around three months.”

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