Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips suffered an injury scare in the second half of his side’s 0-0 draw against Arsenal at Elland Road on Sunday.
Phillips, 24, missed the last three matches, as well as three England matches, with a shoulder injury but was back in Marcelo Bielsa’s starting line-up this weekend when the Gunners visited West Yorkshire.
However, his match almost ended prematurely when he pulled up in the second half.
Fortunately, the Leeds-born midfielder was able to continue.
But at the time, Sky Sports co-commentary Gary Neville said on Sky Sports Main Event [05:42pm] that “it doesn’t look good”.
Martin Tyler then said: “It looks as though he might be on the treatment table again.”
When Sky Sports showed a replay of what happened, Manchester United legend Neville added: “He just went running back and something’s gone, I didn’t see any contact with anybody.”
Phillips clearly didn’t suffer an injury that was serious enough to end his match because he remained on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes.
However, it remains to be seen whether or not the midfielder was simply playing through the pain because those innocuous injuries are ones that really need to be kept a close eye on.
Phillips is prone to injuries.
Whether that’s just down to his own body or the amount of work he gets forced to do for Bielsa, we probably won’t know until the midfielder isn’t playing for the Argentinean manager any more.
But he’s someone who needs to be wrapped up in cotton wool by Leeds’ medical experts because he’s so important to this side and the way they play.
In the three matches Phillips missed, the Whites lost 4-1 twice.
Not only does Phillips dictate the tempo with his ability to playmaker from deep, he’s also very good off the ball and offers protection to the defence that no one else in Bielsa’s squad can match.
We need him fit. Not just for next week but for every single game this season.
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