Whelan Exclusive: I'm really worried by what Kalvin Phillips did after Leeds final whistle
Noel Whelan has revealed how Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips may have suffered a shoulder injury against Wolves last night.
The former Whites and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that the 24-year-old “did not look comfortable” after the loss and was using his left arm to shake players’ hands after the full-time whistle.
Phillips played the full 90 minutes as Marcelo Bielsa’s side slipped to a 1-0 defeat on Monday night, Raul Jimenez scoring the only goal of the game.
Leeds already have a number of key players on the sidelines, captain Liam Cooper and new signing Diego Llorente both missing out yesterday.
Whelan tipped Pablo Hernandez to replace Phillips in the starting eleven against Aston Villa if he is sidelined with a shoulder problem.
“We need to see how things pan out with Kalvin,” he told Football Insider.
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“He went off with a shoulder injury. He sustained it in the second half after a bit of a tumble.
“He did not look too comfortable after the game when he was shaking hands with players. He never used that arm, he always went across to his left hand.
“We need to see how he is for Villa. If he is injured there is a case for Pablo to start.”
The Whites travel to Villa Park on Friday night to face a Dean Smith side that was won all four of their opening fixtures this season.
Bielsa will be hopeful that Phillips is fit to play a crucial role against a resurgent Ross Barkley.
In other Leeds United news, Alex McLeish has told Football Insider that Marcelo Bielsa has a “sensational” player he has barely used this season.