Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has provided an encouraging update on the leg injury he suffered during the 1-0 victory over Reading at Elland Road on Saturday.
Phillips was forced off in the 37th minute of the clash after failing to shake off a knock he sustained during his challenge on Omar Richards, but it has now emerged that the midfielder should not be out of action for a prolonged period during the final run-in.
The 24-year-old has been an important figure for the Whites this term which has seen him start 30 matches during their promotion-chasing campaign, and he was clearly missed from the side when he was absent for three games through suspension.
Phillips has now taken to Instagram to quash speculation that he could be missing for Leeds’ upcoming matches, with the midfielder replying to a message from former Arsenal striker Ian Wright where he sent well-wishes to Phillips.
Wright sent a message to Phillips expressing his hope that the injury is not too serious, and Phillips then responded with the claim “all good Wrighty just a dead calf thanks mate🙌🏽❤️”.
Leeds are now preparing for back-to-back trips to Middlesbrough and Hull as they look to step up their promotion bid, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side now sitting in second spot and five points clear of third-placed Fulham after the weekend’s results.
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This is a massive boost for Leeds given there would have been real concerns over Phillips’ fitness when he was forced off during the first half, but it now appears there is minimal reason for worry given it is only a dead calf and nothing more.
Phillips has been such an important figure for the Whites in recent times, and he has continued to wield his influence on the side this campaign with Leeds having embarked on a three-game unbeaten run since his return to the side following suspension.
It is now important that Leeds keep their key figures fully fit between now and the end of the season, and Phillips is one of those who the Elland Road outfit will need to seriously protect over the coming months.