The fact that Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has been ruled out for an extended period with a shoulder injury “may not be such a bad thing”, according to Darren Bent.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England forward said the England international will need to rest after an intense start to the season.

This site revealed that Phillips could return against Arsenal after next month’s international break, sooner than the six weeks that the club initially said he would be out for.

The 24-year-old picked up the injury in the second half against Wolves last week but played the full 90 minutes.

Prior to Friday night’s game against Aston Villa, the midfielder had not missed a minute of league action for the Yorkshire giants this season.

His impressive form also led to his first England call up in September and he now has four international caps.

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“I know he’s going to be missing until the international break but that may not be such a bad thing because he can get some rest,” Bent told Football Insider.

“I know he won’t want to, but he covers a lot of ground.

“I put him in that same bracket, he is one of their main men. Kalvin Philipps, Patrick Bamford, Liam Cooper, I know he’s been injured too, Klich.

“They’ve got so many of their players playing so well at the minute.

“I hope Kalvin Phillips comes back soon but to get that result against Aston Villa without him was impressive.”

Phillips’ absence led to Marcelo Bielsa deploying young defender Pascal Struijk in the defensive midfield role at Villa Park.

However, the Dutchman was replaced by Jamie Shackleton in the 21st minute after picking up an early yellow card.

In other news, Noel Whelan has been left wowed by a Leeds United speed machine after his display for the Under-23s.