Leeds news: Phillips to return against Brentford after ban

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12th Dec, 2016 | 1:52pm

Official: Leeds midfielder to return against Brentford

By Will Butcher

Kalvin Phillips will return to the Leeds side against Brentford on Saturday after being handed a one-match ban by the Football Association.

The FA have suspended Leeds’ 21-year-old midfield star following his dismissal for handball on the goal line during his side’s 2-0 loss to Brighton on Friday night.

Posting on his personal Twitter account, The FA confirmed to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay that Phillips will miss just one match, Tuesday’s league clash against Reading, and will not receive a full three-match ban.

Phillips clawed the ball out from underneath the crossbar against Brighton on Friday night, using his upper arm.

With the score still deadlocked at 0-0, Phillips received his marching orders as Glenn Murray dispatched the spot-kick with consummate ease past goalkeeper Rob Green.

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The Seagulls doubled their advantage late on with a second penalty through Tomer Hemed, after Kyle Bartley was adjudged to have pulled back Lewis Dunk in the penalty area.

Phillips, a product of Leeds’ esteemed academy, has been in fine form for the Yorkshire giants this season which has seen him pick up the EFL’s Young Player of the Month award for October.

Sitting at the base of the Leeds midfield alongside the likes of Ronaldo Vieira and Eunan O’Kane, Phillips has been one of Garry Monk’s stand-out performers during his 24 league and cup appearances this season.

However, Leeds must do without their number 23 on Tuesday night as they play host to Jaap Stam’s high-flying Reading outfit.

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