Robin Koch and Mateusz Klich will no longer feature for Leeds this season after Marcelo Bielsa revealed he gave the pair early leave to bolster their hopes of appearing in the European Championships this summer.
Klich scored his fourth goal of the season on Saturday as Leeds won a resounding 4-0 win at Burnley. It was his first away trip since opening day at Liverpool. Indeed, he has looked back at his best in recent matches after his form dropped mid-season. The player even admitted he lacked energy.
Koch, meanwhile, was left out of the team for the trip to Turf Moor. He has played a midfielder role in recent matches but was knocked out with the return of Kalvin Phillips to the XI. The German had a solid first season for Leeds, arriving from Freiburg.
However, he also saw his progress hampered by a knee injury suffered at Chelsea in December. And with Pascal Struijk and Diego Llorente forming a solid partnership in defense, his season will also be cut short.
Bielsa is hoping his decision will see the pair win calls for their respective nations this summer. He also hopes it will benefit both Poland (for Klich) and Germany (for Koch).
Koch has been granted early leave with the option of whether or not he will be called up to the German national team, ”Bielsa said.
“I don’t know if he will be called up for the German national team or not. It’s just that he has a little problem (hip). We didn’t want to run the risk of a small problem being made worse by something bigger.
“The injury he has is not significant and we didn’t want to risk seeing him play and making him worse, so we anticipated his vacation the same way we did for Klich.
“(Klich) is not injured. The assessments that I do during the campaign are for the needs of each player. And in Klich’s case, the decision I made was the best for him.
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