By Wayne Veysey

7th Oct, 2021 | 8:00am

Sources: Major Phillips injury update after Leeds assessment at Thorp Arch

Kalvin Phillips is hopeful of being fit for the Leeds United clash against Southampton straight after the international break, Football Insider has learned.

The central midfielder pulled out of the England squad with a calf strain after playing the full 90 minutes of last Saturday’s 1-0 win over Watford.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Phillips, 25, hopes to be back running next week in time to join full training ahead of the team’s next fixture.

He has been assessed at the club’s Thorp Arch headquarters and United staff are confident the injury is not a serious one.

It is expected that it will ease through rest and rehabilitation, and that Phillips will be in contention to face Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on 16 October.

The two-week break without a Leeds fixture provides the midfielder with the chance to not miss a club game.

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That would be a huge boost to Marcelo Bielsa and United supporters, who all recognise the immense value of the midfield anchorman.

England are preparing for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary, on Saturday and next Tuesday respectively.

Phillips, who has been replaced by James Ward-Prowse, has developed into a key member of the national team since making his debut against Denmark in September last year.

He started every game for England at Euro 2020 as they reached the final and formed a reliable central midfield partnership with Declan Rice.

Phillips has played in six Premier League games this season for Leeds after being benched for their opening-day thrashing by Man United following his summer exertions.

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