Liam Cooper is expected to return to the Leeds United side this weekend for the clash with Fulham.

Leeds were without their skipper during Saturday’s 4-3 defeat to Liverpool, with Cooper missing out due to a calf strain.

There’s a positive update coming out of Leeds Live, though, with Cooper set to return on Saturday when Leeds host Fulham.

Cooper failed a late fitness test at Anfield on Saturday, with a troublesome calf ruling him out after international duty.

That left debutant Robin Koch and youngster Pascal Struijk in the heart of defence, with Liverpool scoring four goals. The pair did well from open play, but set-piece organisation was poor without Cooper.

Marcelo Bielsa leads Leeds into the League Cup this Wednesday against Hull City, but it appears Cooper is eyeing a return to action against Fulham.

In his Q&A with Leeds Live, Beren Cross answered questions on Cooper:

All the noises have been positive on Cooper.

He even travelled to Liverpool for a late fitness test, which underlines how close he felt he was to making it.

Would not expect him to feature against Hull, but Fulham is a very real possibility according to Bielsa.

This is good news for Leeds.

Cooper was missed at Anfield in both open play and at set-pieces. His organisation can’t be undervalued and Leeds might not have conceded four set-piece goals at Anfield with him in the team.

That’s not to say that the performance at Anfield wasn’t good, but we came away with nothing in the end.

This weekend against Fulham, we need to register our first points back. It’s essential.

Cooper’s return enhances the chance of that happening.