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Darren Bent says that Kalvin Phillips will be a “massive” miss for Leeds United after his red card against Queens Park Rangers.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and England striker says that the midfielder is such an important player for Marcelo Bielsa and his absence is a big blow for their upcoming games.

Phillips was given a straight red for a wild challenge on Geoff Cameron during the Whites’ 1-0 defeat at QPR, meaning he will sit out the games against Millwall, Wigan Athletic and Nottingham Forest.

Bent says that the 24-year-old has big boots to fill in the midfield at Elland Road, having proven what a valuable asset he is to the Yorkshire giants.

“Yeah, it’s a massive loss to Leeds because he’s a very good player, as we’ve spoken about before,” Bent told Football Insider.

“We know that he’s got that in him, that rash tackle and he’s going to be a big, big miss.

“Obviously Leeds have got to find a way of coping without him now and try to get results because we’ve seen it last season when Leeds turned the year, started to have a few indifferent results and next thing you know they fall by the wayside.”

Phillips has played in all but one of the club’s Championship games this season, sitting out the 2-0 win over Huddersfield as a result of his five yellow cards earlier in the campaign.

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