Leeds United defender Diego Llorente has posted a picture on his Instagram story of him receiving his COVID-19 vaccination.
The photo comes after the news that Premier League footballers will be required to have two doses of the jab from October 1 following the removal of all restrictions at the beginning of last week.
The UK government are keen to ensure that elite athletes are on board with the vaccine programme to ensure that the season can run smoothly without the potential impact of positive COVID-19 cases.
Llorente has become the first Leeds player to publicise receiving the jab as he looks to encourage people to ‘protect each other’ from the illness.
The 27-year-old reported back to pre-season training at the beginning of last week following his international exploits with Spain at EURO 2020, where he was part of the squad that reached the semi-finals of the tournament.
He will be looking to pick up where he left off in the second half of last season as he played a crucial role in helping to transform the fortunes of the Leeds defence following his introduction into the team in February.
Llorente endured a torrid time in the early months of his career at Elland Road as he was forced to overcome three separate injuries that reduced him to just 91 minutes of football between his arrival from Real Sociedad in September and second start for the club against Southampton at the end of February.
The Spanish defender will be battling for a regular spot at the heart of the Whites’ defence with Robin Koch, Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk.
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