Noel Whelan has claimed that the prospect of Kalvin Phillips being out injured for a lengthy period of time is a ‘massive worry’ for Leeds United.
As cited by Leeds Live, Marcelo Bielsa revealed that he did not know the extent of the injury to the England international, but Whelan has shared his worries to Football Insider after Phillips hobbled off with an injury during their 2-0 win against Crystal Palace at Elland Road on Monday night:
“It is very difficult to say how long he will be out for, especially when it comes to a muscular injury.
“Your calf takes most of the strain on your body, so it could be bad and a long lay-off.
“I really do not think the pitch is helping anybody. Against Everton and Palace, it has been a problem. This is a no-contact injury so it could have come from the turf.
“I saw so many players on Monday night losing their footing, slipping and even getting their feet stuck in the ground when they were trying to turn. I saw Alioski and Luke Ayling do it.
“Kalvin’s injury is a massive worry though as we know how integral he is to Leeds. We are a much weaker side without him. We need him for the Arsenal game.”
Phillips is so important to Leeds
Phillips is such an important player for the Whites, as he has played in all but four matches in the Premier League so far in the 2020/21 term, missing three of them due to an injury to his shoulder. Transfermarkt).
Is Phillips Leeds' most important player?
The central midfield player wins no fewer than six of his duels per appearance in the English top flight and also averages 2.7 tackles, 1.8 clearances, 1.6 interceptions and 1.3 key passes a game (Sofascore), highlighting his ability to first break up play and then send his teammates on the attack straight after.
There is no doubt that Phillips would be a big miss for the Peacocks should he be ruled out for a long period of time, and plenty of LUFC fans will be hoping and praying that this is not the case.
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