By Adefunmiloye Alani

17th Jan, 2022 | 9:40pm

David Anderson: Leeds duo Phillips and Cooper could return to action next month

David Anderson has told Give Me Sport that injured Leeds United duo Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper could return to action in February.

Both picked up hamstring injuries against Brentford last month and were unable to finish the game, with Marcelo Bielsa recently claiming they are expected to remain on the sidelines until March.

However, some at Elland Road believe they could both be available for selection earlier than that, with a return to action mooted for them before the end of next month.

The Mirror journalist told GMS: “Bielsa keeps talking about March at the earliest for those two, although some people at the club seem to think that’s maybe unnaturally gloomy.

“They think there may be a chance they could be back maybe a little bit before that.”

Boost?

Bielsa is always careful about giving a timeline on injury returns or rushing players back into action, and he does not always want to give out a lot of information to the media.

It is why the Leeds boss might have mentioned March as the most feasible date for both Phillips and Cooper to return.

However, those around the club would have seen signs that suggest that an earlier return could be on the cards, and that is surely good news for the Whites.

Despite managing to finally record back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time in 2021-22 without their influential duo, being unable to call on either player remains a blow for Bielsa.

The Argentine knows his midfield has not been the same without Phillips, and seeing Adam Forshaw get withdrawn against West Ham on Sunday would have further broken him.

Cooper is not everyone’s cup of tea, but the Leeds skipper brings much-needed leadership to the table at the back, and the players cannot wait to have him and the England international back.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites want to sign int’l striker on loan with move already made.