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Noel Whelan is adamant Kalvin Phillips will be fit to return from injury for Leeds United this weekend.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites striker expressed concern over Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s form when the 25-year-old is absent.

Phillips was ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Brighton with a knee injury suffered in training last week.

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Leeds were comfortably beaten 2-0 on the south coast and have now lost seven of the nine games in which the England international has been missing.

Speaking after the loss, Bielsa told Leeds Live that Phillips “received a knock” to his knee “which created a hematoma”.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of the injury, Whelan said: “I think Kalvin will be back in town for the Tottenham game though.

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“Going on what Bielsa said and what I’ve heard, it is one of those he needs a week to recover from.

“Back in the day we used to play with problems like that but these days we are a little bit more careful with the players and rightly so.

“I think we will be close to full strength come the Spurs game at the weekend.”

“Another loss when Phillips is missing though, I think that is seven out of nine games we have lost without him. It tells a story in himself.”

Football Insider revealed on Monday that the Whites have made a new defensive midfielder one of their top priorities this summer.

Sporting director Victor Orta is compiling a shortlist of midfield targets with the pedigree to provide cover and competition for Phillips next season.

In other news, Whelan claims the perfect Phillips replacement is already at Leeds after a big transfer reveal.