Leeds United have been dealt a major blow after losing Kalvin Phillips to injury, according to Alex McLeish.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland boss admitted Marcelo Bielsa would struggle to replace the “spectacular” midfielder.

As quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Bielsa confirmed the 25-year-old had suffered a knock in training which had created a hematoma behind the knee.

Phillips sat out the 2-0 defeat to Brighton, with Robin Koch handed a start as a makeshift midfielder.

McLeish admitted Leeds may have been able to keep the Seagulls at bay with Phillips in the side.

He also bemoaned the lack of creativity in attack from the Whites’ midfielders on Saturday.

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McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Phillips is a big loss.

“They put Koch in there. Let’s say if Kalvin was in the team, then maybe it would have been better because he’s been so spectacular in that position.

“He’s been so efficient and there’s no doubt about that. The midfield barely got any support up for the big man in Bamford.”

Leeds are also missing Raphinha due to a hematoma suffered in the 2-1 win over Manchester City last month.

The Brazilian has missed Leeds’ last three games against Liverpool and Manchester City, with Bielsa unsure as to when he will return.

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Phillips has played 27 times across all competitions for Leeds this season.

He sat out three games between October and November with a shoulder injury and another four in February with a calf problem.

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