Marcelo Bielsa handed boost with key Leeds United man spotted back in training ahead of Sheffield United

Leeds United captain Liam Cooper. Pic: GettyLeeds United captain Liam Cooper. Pic: Getty
Leeds United captain Liam Cooper. Pic: Getty
The Whites have been handed a timely boost ahead of next week's clash with Sheffield United.

Leeds United club captain Liam Cooper has been spotted back in training at Thorp Arch.

The Whites skipper has been missing in recent weeks due to what the Elland Road club and head coach Marcelo Bielsa described as illness.

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Cooper was absent from United's 0-0 draw with Chelsea in LS11 and also sat out of the 2-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage in London.

He also missed out on a call-up to Scotland's squad for the current international break with Tartan Army boss Steve Clarke confirming he was unavailable for the World Cup qualifiers.

The 29-year-old, though, is now back in training with his fellow first team squad members having featured in the club's latest behind the scenes video.

The centre-back could be seen taking part in drills inside at the Whites' training ground before being put through his paces alongside teammates who have also remained in West Yorkshire.

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Winger Helder Costa was also involved despite being named in Angola's squad for the current set of international fixtures with travel restrictions currently in place amid the coronavirus pandemic.

United have a number of players away with their countries for the final international break of the season.

Kalvin Phillips, Diego Llorente, Gjanni Alioski, Tyler Roberts, Stuart Dallas, Gjanni Alioski and Illan Meslier are all in action over the coming days for their respective nations.

Mateusz Klich, though, has been forced to sit out of Poland's triple-header of matches after testing positive for Covid-19.

He is currently self-isolating but is expected to be back and available for next weekend's home Premier League clash with Sheffield United when the top flight campaign resumes.