Marcelo Bielsa has revealed Kalvin Phillips might miss the remainder of the season in a blow Leeds’ automated promotion hopes.
Phillips, who performed the total 90 minutes in Sunday’s 1-Zero win at Swansea, has undoubtedly been dominated out of this week’s dwelling sport towards Barnsley because of a knee damage.
“Kalvin just isn’t going to play in Thursday’s match,” Bielsa mentioned. “We don’t know if he’s going to play the following two matches as properly.
“He has an issue within the knee and possibly just isn’t going to be concerned within the final three, however within the worst state of affairs it’s an damage we’re going to resolve in 4 or 5 weeks.”
Phillips has made a major contribution to Leeds’ promotion push this season, together with his shows within the midfield holding function incomes reward from England supervisor Gareth Southgate.
The 24-year-old emerged for the second half on the Liberty Stadium carrying heavy strapping on his knee.
Bielsa urged on-loan central defender Ben White might play in Phillips’ function towards Barnsley, which means a doable recall at centre-back for Gaetano Berardi.
Pablo Hernandez’s late winner at Swansea left Leeds needing 4 extra factors from their final three video games to seal a return to the Premier League for the primary time since 2004.
Leeds can be assured a top-two end if promotion rivals Brentford fail to beat Preston at Griffin Park on Wednesday and Bielsa’s facet take three factors from the go to of relegation battlers Barnsley.
Bielsa is glad his gamers have retained their focus after the joyous celebrations on Sunday which adopted Hernandez’s late winner.
“The happiness after successful with a last-minute purpose may be very seen for everyone,” Bielsa mentioned. “When the hours progress all of it returns to regular.
“Professionalism means that you can select the perfect strikes for the competitors.
“They know the way to handle the feelings that make them stronger and weaker as properly. It’s essential to handle these feelings to compete in the fitting approach.”
Bielsa reported no different main new damage considerations and mentioned he had but to resolve whether or not Kiko Casilla will return in purpose.
Spaniard Casilla has served an eight-match ban after being discovered responsible of racially abusing Charlton’s Jonathan Leko in February.
Casilla, who denied the cost, was additionally fined £60,000, whereas French goalkeeper Illan Meslier has conceded simply two targets in his absence.