A number of Leeds United fans appeared to be fearing the worst for their current promotion hopes after news delivered by Phil Hay that Kalvin Phillips was forced off in their game against Reading due to an off-the-ball injury.
Although the Whites managed to secure all three points with the victory, many were left anxious at just what the midfielder’s potential absence could mean for the rest of their Championship season.
Indeed, the 24-year-old has been a crucial member of Marcelo Bielsa’s side over the past two campaigns and has figured prominently for the Elland Road outfit once again this year – achieving some impressive figures along the way.
Having played 30 games in England’s second-tier so far, Phillips has already managed to produce an exceptional 2.8 total tackles per match, 1.3 interceptions every 90 minutes whilst offering his team-mates a further 1.3 clearances as well (per WhoScored).
It is not just defensively the talented midfielder’s presence on the field is felt by those at Leeds either, though, as has contributed an average of 1.9 key passes per game and has chipped in with one goal and two assists so far (WhoScored) to try and get the club back to the promised land.
Clearly, some fans were fretting on Twitter when they saw that he had to be withdrawn in the first half of the encounter with Reading, with many appearing to share the same view that he would be a “massive loss” and that they hope it is not too serious.
Here are just some of their reactions…
— KKieran (@KieranP2169) February 22, 2020
— Through It All Together (@ThruItAllLUFC) February 22, 2020
Same old story and I truth I’m sick of it. Losing Phillips could be critical to our promotion chances depending on how long he will be missing. Almost know what’s coming next #LUFC https://t.co/Un8rNKRVXb
— Neil Martyn Pidgeon 💙💛 🏴 (@Neilfax) February 22, 2020
Very frustrating half but got to give credit to Reading for coming here and actually wanting to play Football!
Phillips is a massive loss but let's hope it's more precaution then anything else.
— WePlayAllTheWay (@RyanLUFC91) February 22, 2020
Phillips now Injured. Just our luck really #lufc
— Josh Osborn (@josh0sborn) February 22, 2020
Kalvin Phillips injury is just what we needed #LUFC
— Mattelo Bielsa LUFC (@MattyBullock) February 22, 2020
Worst possible time Phillips to pick up a knock, let’s hope it’s nothing serious! Hopefully the lads can still get the result cause we play so much better with Phillips as past few games showed 😬 #lufc
— Dann (@DanMarshall1993) February 22, 2020
Leeds fans, how big a blow will it be if Phillips’ injury turns out to be serious? Let us know below!
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