By Danny Mills

8th Oct, 2021 | 8:00pm

Leeds may have told Phillips to stay away from Thorp Arch after source reveal - Mills

Danny Mills has suggested Kalvin Phillips will have been given five days off by Leeds United over the international break.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender after Phillips withdrew from the England squad with a calf strain.

A Leeds source told Football Insider (October 7) the midfielder is hopeful of being fit for the game against Southampton on Saturday after being assessed at the club’s Thorp Arch headquarters.

That will come as a huge relief for the Whites as they have won just two of their 10 Premier League games without him since the beginning of last season.

“He’s obviously just tweaked his calf a little bit, had a bit of an issue with that,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“You’ve seen with the squad that Gareth Southgate has picked, let’s be honest me and you could play at centre-half and get through the Andorra game. They’re not going to come under too much pressure so that’s a game where you can afford to make changes and afford to leave players out.

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“If that means you’re going to give a player 10 days rest then I suggest that’s quite a good idea.

“You look at what he’s done with other players in the past, it’s best they get looked after.

“When you go away with England you can say you’re going to try and rest but training is intense. It’s more intense than it is at club level because everyone wants to play whether it’s a friendly or not. Everyone wants to get another cap, potentially score for England. There is no rest time.

“If you’re back at the club, you can have four or five days off, some pool sessions, some lighter sessions and get well looked after.

“Hopefully you’re then well recuperated for the Premier League games and obviously the next lot of internationals next month.”

In other news, Leeds United have been tipped to sign a midfielder in January after a “massive” Phil Hay update.