Leeds United do not need to worry about Kalvin Phillips’ absence thanks to Robin Koch’s imminent return to training, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims the German’s comeback takes the pressure off the 25-year-old trying to recover from his calf injury.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, as quoted by Phil Hay, Koch, 24, is set to resume training at the start of next week after overcoming a serious knee problem.
Robin Koch due back in training the first week of March. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) February 25, 2021
The Germany international has not featured for the Whites since going off early in the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Phillips has been out of action since early February with his calf problem.
Whelan suggested Koch’s return would be a boost not only for the defender himself but for his teammate as well.
Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “We’re getting players back at the right time. In my opinion, we’re secure, we’re safe, we’ll be in the Premier League.
“This is just an added bonus that we’re getting Llorente and Koch back because that can take a little bit of pressure off Kalvin Phillips.
“It can give us the option to really give him that rest and recuperation that he needs. We’ve got these kinds of players coming back now that can play that role, whether that be Struijk, Llorente or Koch.
“These two players, they need to be back, they need to be playing and getting ready because they want to be chosen for their countries’ Euro squads.
“It’s important for Leeds and it’s important for them with their national side.
“I think it’d take a lot of pressure off Kalvin. They’d give options to the manager.”