By Kevin Phillips

11th Dec, 2021 | 9:00am

Pundit fears for Leeds after 'devastating' Phillips update

Kalvin Phillips’ hamstring injury is a “massive blow” for Leeds United with a “crucial” run of fixtures on the horizon, according to Kevin Phillips.

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 26-year-old is the “heartbeat” of the Whites’ midfield.

As confirmed by Leeds United yesterday (9 December), Phillips sustained a hamstring injury in the 2-2 draw with Brentford last Sunday (5 December).

According to the Telegraph (8 December), the England midfielder could be on the sidelines until February – potentially missing eight fixtures across all competitions.

Leeds United face a daunting run of games in the Premier League, starting with Chelsea tomorrow (11 December).

Phillips suggested the Whites could find themselves back in trouble after the festive period.

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“It’s a huge, huge blow,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“It’s been a tough season for Leeds so far. To lose arguably their most talented player at this point in the season will be devastating. He’s the heartbeat of their midfield.

“It’s been a bit of an up and down season for Kalvin so far, there were obviously the rumours of a rift between him and Bielsa which turned out to be false.

“Being out for two months at such a crucial time with these tough games coming up, it’s a massive blow. It could go wrong for Leeds.”

Bielsa also confirmed Patrick Bamford and Liam Cooper are also doubtful with hamstring injuries.

Leeds will also be without Rodrigo and Robin Koch for Saturday’s clash.

After the Chelsea clash, the Whites face Man City, Arsenal, and Liverpool.

In other news, Leeds United are preparing fans for Marcelo Bielsa’s exit by compiling a manager shortlist.