Exclusive: Leeds handed huge injury boost pre-Arsenal clash
Leeds United have been handed a massive injury boost by the return to light training of Kalvin Phillips, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The central midfielder has missed United’s last three matches with a shoulder injury sustained against Wolves last month.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Phillips, 24, is cycling and doing leg work at the club’s Thorp Arch training base as he steps up his comeback bid.
There is hope he can return to action straight after the international break if he has no setbacks over the next 10 days.
Leeds host Arsenal on 22 November at Elland Road, which Phillips is targeting for his playing return.
Should that come too quickly, Marcelo Bielsa’s side then travel to Everton on 28 November before a congested December programme in which they have six Premier League fixtures.
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Bielsa would dearly love to be able to call upon a fully fit Phillips from next week after Leeds sank to consecutive 4-1 defeats against Crystal Palace and Leicester City.
United missed the defensive screening of their first-choice midfield anchorman as well as his extensive passing range.
Phillips tore ligaments in his shoulder after falling awkwardly during United’s 1-0 defeat at home to Wolves on October 19.
Leeds then announced the academy product could be facing up to six weeks out.
The central midfielder played the full 90 minutes of the first five of Leeds’ eight Premier League matches this season.