Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has undergone a successful operation on his hamstring injury, according to journalist David Ornstein.
The Lowdown: Phillips injury blow
A hamstring issue will leave Leeds without Phillips for a crucial period of the season, as Marcelo Bielsa’s men look to stave off the threat of a relegation battle.
While it is hard to find too many positives regarding the situation, one crumb of comfort has emerged from Ornstein.
The Latest: Ornstein offers crumb of comfort
Taking to Twitter on Monday, as well as sharing his article for The Athletic, the journalist confirmed in a six-word verdict that Phillips’ operation has been a success, which hopefully means his spell on the sidelines won’t be as long as initially feared.
Ornstein rounded off his tweet by saying: “Operation thought to have been successful.”
The Verdict: Midfielder needed
Leeds arguably needed a new central midfielder in January even if Phillips were fit, but this news has only heightened the need for one to be brought in.
The Whites cannot expect to win Premier League games consistently with the current options at Bielsa’s disposal, especially considering that Adam Forshaw has only recently returned from two years out with a hip injury.
Someone like Cagliari’s Nahitan Nandez would be ideal – he has been strongly linked with Leeds in recent months – with the Uruguayan outperforming Phillips for both key passes (1.1 v 0.6) and dribbles (1.6 v 0.3) in their respective leagues this season.
In other news, Leeds have reportedly entered the race to sign one player. Find out who it is here.
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