Leeds United team news: Key pair available for Whites trip to Millwall

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper
Leeds United defender Liam Cooper
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Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen expects captain Liam Cooper to recover from a small back problem and be fit and available for Saturday's Championship clash at Millwall

And Christiansen says German striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga will definitely be available for Saturday's clash in London with his girlfriend still yet to give birth to the couple's first child.

Cooper was substituted after 69 minutes of Tuesday night's 2-0 win at home to Birmingham City and Christiansen has revealed the centre-back had a small problem with his back.

But United's head coach is hopeful of being able to call on the 26-year-old at The Den on Saturday though fellow centre-back Matthew Pennington is not yet ready to feature after injuring his ankle in the opening weekend win at Bolton Wanderers though the defender is "close" to making a return.

Giving the latest on Cooper, Christiansen said: "He had a small problem in the back but it is better. He is doing good work and I expect him to be with us."

Asked for the latest situation with Pennington, Christiansen reasoned: "He is very close. For the next league game (against Ipswich) he could probably be there.

"He is doing good work and he is with the group. That is the last step before he joins us on the pitch."

Striker Caleb Ekuban is United's only other injury with the forward recovering from surgery on a broken bone in his foot.

The striker was looking at minimum eight weeks out.

United's new no 9 Lasogga, meanwhile, is preparing to become a dad, with his girlfriend - who is still in Germany - expected to give birth to the couple's first child last weekend.

Lasogga travelled back home to Germany after playing the full 90 minutes of Tuesday's clash against Birmingham City but the forward has since returned to Leeds to feature for the Whites this weekend.

Asked if Lasogga would be available for the trip to Millwall, Christiansen said: "Yes. The baby is still not here but he is here.

"He is very important to us.

"He went home to see his wife but the baby didn't arrive so he came back.

"He will be here this weekend."