Leeds United superstar Raphinha will not play again this season.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalscorer Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Marcelo Bielsa confirmed that Raphinha would miss tomorrow’s clash with Brighton.
The 24-year-old has not featured since 10 April after suffering an internal hematoma in Leeds’ 2-1 win away to Man City.
🎙️ "Raphinha no, Rodrigo sí" Marcelo gives an update on the squad ahead of our clash with Brighton pic.twitter.com/5QQcWrZe0B
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 29, 2021
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Bielsa claimed it is “difficult to give a prognosis on” when the winger could return.
And Phillips insists that it would be reckless to rush Raphinha back before the end of the season.
“I don’t think it’s worth the risk,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“Internal hematoma, that’s a blood clot. You have to be very, very careful with those. Why risk him? They are not in any danger of going down.
“You want to finish as high as you can but they’ve already shown this season that they can perform without some of their top players.
“So why rush it? You could potentially mess him up further. I don’t see the logic there.
“If the manager’s come out and said it’s more serious than we thought then you kind of have to say his season is done, get yourself ready for next season.”
Raphinha has been a revelation since signing from Rennes in a £17million deal in the summer.
The Brazilian has featured 34 times across all competitions in 2020-21, scoring eight goals and assisting a further eight.