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Danny Mills has been encouraged by the latest update on Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips’ knee injury.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the ex-United defender claimed its great news the 24-year-old is already working on his pre-season training programme.

Phillips told the official Leeds United website that he was a couple of weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery.

After suffering the injury in Leeds’ 1-0 win over Swansea City in July, Phillips was ruled out for five weeks.

The midfielder missed the last three games of the season as Leeds clinched the Championship title.

Defender Ben White stepped into Phillips’ midfield position in his absence.

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“I don’t think it was ever a massively serious injury at the time. It was a little tweak, it happens from time to time,” Mills told Football Insider.

“Obviously he’ll have worked hard on the recovery, getting himself as fit as possible.

“He was already very fit before that so sometimes you only need that couple of weeks to let it heal and let it settle down.

“Everybody’s body is different and if it’s one of those that have healed quickly and he’s back into his pre pre-season training already then that’s great.”

After signing a new five-year-contract last September, Phillips’ decision to stay at Elland Road was vindicated as they secured a return to the Premier League.

Phillips made 40 appearances last term scoring once in the club’s triumphant campaign.

As well as making the step up to the Premier League, Phillips is also keen to play international football. Both Jamaica and England are options for the midfielder.

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