Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips could miss England’s Euro 2020 campaign with a shoulder injury, which would be a huge blow to the midfielder.
The Lowdown: Key man for Leeds
The Whites beat West Brom 3-1 at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon, sealing a highly impressive ninth-place finish in the Premier League.
It has been a season full of strong individual performances, but the £24.3m-rated maestro has arguably been as good as anyone for the Whites, mastering the defensive midfield role and starting 28 league games.
The Latest: Phillips could miss Euro 2020
Phillips left the pitch with a shoulder issue late on against the Baggies, and according to The Athletic, he is a genuine doubt for the European Championship.
There is thought to be ‘concern’ from Leeds over how serious the injury is and Gareth Southgate will now be sweating over his availability.
Whites manager Marcelo Bielsa told BT Sport [via The Athletic]: “I couldn’t tell you if the injury is severe or not but I hope that he can go to the Euros. Sincerely I haven’t received any information as to the gravity of the injury. We all hope that it’s something that can be resolved quickly.”
The Verdict: Cruel blow
Phillips had looked a certainty to make Southgate’s squad, potentially even starting their first game next month, partnering either Declan Rice or Jordan Henderson in midfield. He had started the majority of England matches since the start of the 2020/21 season, a sign that he had earned the trust of his international boss.
To miss out now would be a tough pill to swallow, with the 25-year-old a player at the peak of his powers and one who will have been desperate to impress on the world stage.
Hopefully the issue isn’t as serious as first feared and Leeds fans can watch their midfield hero shine for his country this summer.
In other news, Leeds have been urged to bid for a current Premier League striker. Find out who it is here.
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