Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to be “very, very careful” with Kalvin Phillips ahead of his potential return against Arsenal this Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Whites and Coventry striker insisted that “everything has got to be right” before reintroducing the 24-year-old back into the team.
Phillips has missed the last three Premier League games after he suffered a shoulder injury in the 1-0 loss against Wolves in mid-October.
Football Insider revealed last week Phillips is back in light training after recovering from a shoulder injury and is hoping to feature against Arsenal after the international break.
In a conversation with teammate Leif Davis, the England international confirmed his return and revealed an injection this week could see him in contention to face Arsenal on Sunday.
When asked by Football Insider if there was a danger that Phillips was being rushed back, Whelan said: “I played with injections at Coventry for eight weeks.
“I numbed my foot before the game and at half-time and I had a broken metatarsal. By the end of the season I had two broken metatarsals.
“It depends how much you want to play and how much you are needed.
“I would prefer Kalvin to be 100 per cent so that he does not need injections but if it is an injection that will not harm him long-term…
“We need to think about it very, very carefully because Leeds and England need him long-term.
“If the player is happy with it and the medical team believe it will not hamper him in any way – go for it.
“But everything has got to be right. We cannot take risks on one player for one game. We need him longer than that.”
In other Leeds United news, Phillips has told Football Insider Bielsa has ‘Jaap Stam situation’ after shock development.