Danny Mills urged Leeds United to rest Kalvin Phillips for the trip to Cardiff this weekend after watching the player limping at Elland Road on Saturday.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was worried by what he saw from the 24-year-old in the aftermath of the Huddersfield victory.
Phillips did not feature as United beat their Yorkshire rivals 2-0 thanks to goals from Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford.
The holding midfielder has been a star performer for the promotion hopefuls this campaign, making 34 appearances in all competitions.
When asked whether he expected the Leeds-born player to come straight back into the side next weekend, Mills told Football Insider: “The slight concern that I have is that Kalvin Phillips was parading around the pitch afterwards and was limping. That would be a worry.
“I wonder if you leave him out for Sunday’s game, no matter what. Then hope that he is right for next Wednesday’s game against Fulham. That is the big game, is not it?
“You could tell. He was limping around and you think that does not look good. It really does not look good. That would be my worry and I do not think they should risk him.”
Phillips was a late call and dropped out of the team yesterday. Bielsa thinks there's a good chance he'll play away at Cardiff. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) March 7, 2020
The man dubbed the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ only returned to action away to Hull City last week after suffering a dead leg against Reading earlier in February.
United face Fulham a week on Wednesday for what could prove to be a crucial night in the race for automatic promotion to the Premier League.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider Marcelo Bielsa should pull the plug on £40million deal.