By Noel Whelan

25th Feb, 2020 | 11:32am

'Dallas's face sunk' - Exclusive: Whelan shares Leeds injury fear amid Twitter update

Noel Whelan claims the Leeds United players were visibly disappointed when Kalvin Phillips was forced to leave the field through injury against Reading. 

The former Whites forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the importance of the 24-year-old was clear to see in that moment.

Phillips left the field after failing to recover from a challenge he made on Reading defender Omar Richards – the player later confirming on his personal Twitter account in an exchange with Arsenal legend Ian Wright. that he had suffered a dead leg.

The holding midfielder was replaced by Ezgjan Alioski after 37 minutes sparking numerous players to change position for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

When asked for his assessment of the incident and the severity of the injury, Whelan told Football Insider: “Kalvin went in for a really strong challenge, as he does and that is what we love about him but he has come off second best in this one.

“A bad calf injury and a bit of a dead leg but nothing that will keep him out.

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“He is vitally important. You could see the disappointment in the player’s faces, Stuart Dallas’s face sunk. You can see how important he is to everybody but they managed to get through without him which is a positive.

“This kid does not want to miss any games and we have seen when he does how much we do miss him. For club and player, it is massive that we get him on that field.”

Phillips came off with the score goalless at Elland but United would go on to win 1-0 thanks to a second-half strike from Pablo Hernandez.

Marcelo Bielsa will hope his star man will be available for Wednesday’s trip to Middlesborough.

In other Leeds United news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that teammates need to help lift the pressure off of senior star.