By Darren Bent

8th Aug, 2020 | 10:49am

'Massive news for Leeds fans' - Exclusive: Darren Bent blown away by official update

Darren Bent has been left raving after Kalvin Phillips delivered a positive update on his fitness at Leeds United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former England striker admits he is very excited to see how the 24-year-old performs in the Premier League.

In an interview with the club’s official website, the midfielder confirmed he is “probably a couple of weeks ahead of schedule” in his recovery process after he picked up a knee injury last season.

He missed the club’s final three games of the season and watched on from the sidelines as the Whites secured both promotion and the league title.

Bent admits it is “massive” that he will be back in action sooner rather than later and believes there could be an England call up if he can replicate his form from the Championship.

“We know how good he is, he’s fantastic for that Leeds team and we know full well that if they hadn’t got promoted then he’d have been playing in the Premier League regardless,” Bent told Football Insider.

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“Massive news for Leeds fans, good news for himself as it gives him the real opportunity to get started from day one of pre-season and I’m really excited to see how he’s going to do.

“I’ve got no doubts he’s going to play very, very well in the Premier League but I’m intrigued and looking forward to seeing him develop.

“He might have timed it to perfection because if he puts in half the performances that he did in the Championship in the Premier League, there’s a nice carrot waiting at the end of the season in the European Championships.” 

Leeds confirmed in mid-July that Phillips would be sidelined for as long as five weeks with the injury picked up against Swansea City.

He played a total of 37 times in the league last season, with two goals and two assists to his name.

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