Kalvin Phillips is now expected to be fit for Leeds United’s Premier League clash with Southampton on Saturday, according to journalist Phil Hay.
The Lowdown: Leeds head to Saints
The Whites return to domestic duties with a trip to St Mary’s this afternoon, looking to build on their 1-0 win at home to Watford before the international break.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men will have to perform well to pick up all three points against Saints, though, with victory taking them further clear of the relegation zone.
Defeat will see Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side overtake Leeds, however, highlighting the importance of the match at the bottom of the table.
The Latest: Phillips could be available
With kickoff fast approaching, The Athletic‘s Hay has provided a promising injury update regarding Phillips on Saturday morning.
He had stated earlier in the week that the midfielder had a ‘chance‘, now upgrading that to a ‘good chance’ of playing at St Mary’s in this 12-word update:
“Kalvin Phillips is in with a good chance after his calf strain.”
The Verdict: Potential huge boost
There is a strong argument to say that Phillips is Leeds’ most important player, dominating midfield battles with his tenacity off the ball and quality on it, averaging an 84.6 percent pass completion rate in the league this season.
If the 25-year-old is fit to start, it will be an immediate boost for Bielsa, who will be aware that his team’s season needs to get back on track.
In other news, Leeds could be able to sign one rumoured transfer target in January. Read more here.
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