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Aston Villa: Kalvin Phillips set to miss Thursday clash

Aston Villa: Kalvin Phillips set to miss Thursday clash -Aston Villa News

Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips isn’t expected to make a return against Aston Villa on Thursday, Ashley Preece has reported.

The Lowdown: Phillips’ absence

The 26-year-old has been missing for the Whites since December, with Leeds embroiled in a scrap for Premier League survival without their star midfielder.

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They are now just two points off the relegation zone and have lost their last five games, the latest coming against Leicester City in Jesse Marsch’s first game in charge.

Marsch confirmed last week that Phillips and Liam Cooper were making good progress, but it seems as if the former won’t be available at Elland Road on Thursday evening.

The Latest: Phillips set to miss Leeds v Aston Villa

Preece took to Twitter on Monday morning, claiming that Villa may well come up against Patrick Bamford at some point, who has also been missing through injury in recent months.

However, when it came to Phillips, the journalist revealed a return for the England international is ‘expected’ to come against Norwich on Sunday, tweeting:

“Patrick Bamford to make playing return with a cameo against AVFC on Thursday, says new Leeds boss Jesse Marsch. As for Kalvin Phillips, he’s expected to return vs Norwich on Sunday instead.”

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The Verdict: Boost for Gerrard

It’s good news that Phillips is close to making a return, but from a Villa perspective, it is a boost for Steven Gerrard knowing that the 26-year-old may not return until the weekend.

The Whites have struggled without their main man in the engine room. with Leeds having just three other out-and-out midfielders at their disposal.

Preece has also mentioned that Villa are monitoring Phillips ahead of the summer window, so if Gerrard’s side come away from Yorkshire with three points, that could increase their chances of signing the midfielder over the coming months, with Leeds possibly closer to relegation.

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