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Robin Koch and Mateusz Klich to miss rest of Leeds’ season as Marcelo Bielsa considers Euro 2020

Robin Koch and Mateusz Klich to miss Leeds’ final two games of the season as Marcelo Bielsa grants them early leave to prepare for Euro 2020 with Germany and Poland

  • Robin Koch and Mateusz Klich will miss Leeds’ final two games of the season
  • Marcelo Bielsa has granted the pair early leave to ensure extra week of holiday
  • Leeds boss aiding players’ preparation for potential involvement in Euro 2020
  • Koch will hope to feature in Germany’s squad with Klich eyeing Poland selection

Robin Koch and Mateusz Klich have been granted early leave by Leeds and will miss the final two games of the season.

Marcelo Bielsa has made the decision to allow the pair to focus on preparing for this summer’s European Championship, with little left to play for against Southampton midweek and then next weekend when they welcome fans back to Elland Road for the clash with West Brom.

Klich will hope to represent Poland in the Euros, while Koch will be eyeing a spot in Germany’s squad for the tournament. 

Marcelo Bielsa revealed Robin Koch and Mateusz Klich won’t play again for Leeds this season

Robin Koch will hope to be included in Germany's squad for the upcoming tournament

Mateusz Klich will represent Poland in this summer's Euros

The pair have been given early leave so they can rest and prepare for this summer’s Euros

Ahead of his side’s trip to St Mary’s, Bielsa revealed the decision to allow two of his player the extra time off.

The Leeds boss also clarified that while in Klich’s case the decision was just based on resting the player, there is more of a focus on Koch’s fitness and protecting him from further injury rather than just looking ahead to the Euros.   

‘Koch has been given early leave with the potential for him to be called up or not called up to the German national team,’ Bielsa said.

‘I don’t know whether he’s going to be called up to the German national team or not. It’s just that he has a small (hip) niggle and we didn’t want to run the risk of a small niggle being aggravated into something bigger.

Koch missed three months with a knee injury and Leeds don't want to risk any aggravation

Koch missed three months with a knee injury and Leeds don’t want to risk any aggravation

‘The injury that he has is not important and we didn’t want to take the risk of him playing and making it worse so we anticipated his holidays in the same way we did so for Klich.

‘(Klich) is not injured. The evaluations that I make over the campaign are for the needs of each player and in the case of Klich, the decision I made was the best for him.’

Koch started Leeds’ first 11 matches back in the Premier League, but a knee injury kept him out of the side for three months.

The German defender has made just two first-team starts since early December, and his manager is clearly wary of making any injury concerns worse.

Koch and Klich will not play when Leeds welcome fans back to Elland Road next weekend

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