Leeds United will return to training at the start of next week as they prepare for their monumental first season back in the Premier League.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay confirmed that update recently, with the Whites giving their players a month of tough pre-season work before their first game on the weekend of September the 12th.
The Whites should be going into that training with a near full-strength squad at Thorp Arch, with the likes of Adam Forshaw potentially returning from his long-term absence.
What about Kalvin Phillips? The Yorkshire Pirlo was forced to miss the final three games with a knee injury, something which didn’t stop him from joining the title celebrations.
The 24-year-old has addressed those concerns and delivered a positive update which could see him back training with the rest of the squad from day one.
Speaking to Leeds’ official website, Phillips said, “As soon as I came back, I’ve started working on the physio for my knee.
“It’s all looking good, I’m just happy that I’m looking after myself and I’m probably a couple of weeks ahead of schedule.”
That is exactly the news we were hoping for. At the time of the injury, Phillips was given a four-five week timescale for which he could be out, something that wouldn’t have kept him out of training long.
If he could return from day one, something which is likely given his positive progress, it would give the whole squad a lift.
Phillips is key to Marcelo Bielsa’s gameplan, especially in the Premier League. No one made more tackles per game than he did in the entire squad last season according to WhoScored, proving his worth in defence.
He is also key to how Bielsa likes to play in possession, making the most accurate long passes in the squad too – with the switch of play a real weapon for the Whites.
Phillips was going to be ready for the first game regardless, but having him back in training on day one means Leeds will be firing at full throttle come the opening weekend.
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