Paul Robinson: Kalvin Phillips in contention to play for Leeds United v Southampton
We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United.
Kalvin Phillips is likely to be available for Leeds United when they play at Southampton on Saturday, according to Paul Robinson.
Phillips, 25, withdrew from the England squad in this international break due to a calf strain, meaning he missed the win in Andorra and draw versus Hungary at Wembley.
Since being an unused substitute in the defeat to Manchester United on the opening day of the Premier League season, Phillips has played every minute of every game in all competitions since.
The midfielder has been prone to the odd spell on the sidelines during Marcelo Bielsa’s reign at Leeds but Robinson isn’t concerned about the latest setback he’s suffered.
Robinson has also dispelled the myth that clubs can pull their players out of international duty if they have injury problems with the decision mainly coming down to the medical staff of countries.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “If you pick up an injury with your club at the weekend and you’ve already been called up, the protocol is that you go and get assessed by the medical experts England have.
“The club has very little say in whether a player pulls out or not. If a player plays at the weekend and is selected, he has to go.
“It’s not Leeds who pulled him out.
“You’d like to think he’s going to play this weekend [versus Southampton].
“Calf strains are normally 10 to 14 days or something like that, so you would hope that over the international break, he’s had time to rest and recover.
“We need him ready for the weekend because he’s such a huge influence for Leeds.”
England failed to seal qualification to the 2022 World Cup in this international break with their bore draw versus Hungary on Tuesday leaving them only three points clear of second-placed Poland with two games to play.
In the next international break, in November, the Three Lions play versus Albania and San Marino.
Four points will seal qualification and hand Phillips the chance to represent his country at the World Cup next year in Qatar.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are set for a major boost when they play Southampton.