Kalvin Phillips is set to return to light training this week in a huge boost to Leeds United, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The central midfielder has missed United’s last two matches with a shoulder injury sustained against Wolves a fortnight ago.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Phillips, 24, hopes to be out running at the club’s Thorp Arch headquarters later this week as he steps up his comeback bid.
Saturday’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace will come too early for the England international but he is targeting a return straight after the upcoming international break.
Leeds host Arsenal on 22 November before travelling to Everton six days later.
Phillips hopes to be in contention for both of those matches as he works on his rehab with the club’s physios at Thorp Arch.
He 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.
Manager Marcelo Bielsa has subsequently said the period that Phillips would be out for was “undefined” and that he could endure a shorter or longer spell on the sidelines than six weeks out.
The central midfielder played the full 90 minutes of the first five of Leeds’ seven Premier League matches this season.
He was sorely missed last night as United succumbed to a 4-1 home defeat to Leicester City and struggled to cope with the speed and thrust of the visitors’ counter-attacks.