The news that every Leeds United fan was waiting for – Kalvin Phillips has been confirmed as fit to return against Arsenal on Sunday.
Phillips has been out since the Wolves defeat because of a shoulder injury, and he appears to have returned sooner than expected.
The initial six-week period has been cut down to five, and Marcelo Bielsa was delighted to have his main back at Elland Road.
Speaking in his press conference on Friday, Bielsa confirmed that Phillips is likely to start against the Gunners, which is a massive boost.
The 24-year-old suggested that he may need an injection to get through the game, but Bielsa shut down those rumours claiming he doesn’t believe that was given out.
El Loco claimed that the Whites played their best game of his spell against Aston Villa without Phillips, but that he is an indispensable option.
He claimed that it is hard to find another defensive midfielder who can win the ball back as well as Phillips, but who can also spray passes like the one he did against Liverpool for Jack Harrison’s goal.
Rodrigo will also be ready to return, in what has turned into a very good week for the Whites in terms of injuries and absences.
Many Leeds United fans have reacted to the news, and are clearly delighted with the return of Phillips against the Gunners.
The majority of these claimed that Phillips has been one of the biggest misses this season despite many players having time out through injuries.
MOT Leeds News have picked out some of the best reactions below…
Our two most critical players imo.
— Tasker 🇦🇷 (@Mr_Tasker) November 20, 2020
If he’s fit he HAS to start!
Be a huge boost. Feel like international break was good timing for us.. hoping for a strong performance against Arsenal 🤞🏼
— Jack Jeffery 🏆 (@jackj130889) November 20, 2020
Phillips and Rodrigo back this is great news
— BARNEY (@barney___21) November 20, 2020
— J P (@Armaghwhite99) November 20, 2020
Get in !
— Maurice Blaquiere (@Sco_opman) November 20, 2020
5 beautiful words:
Phillips and Rodrigo are back #lufc 😍
— Amy Kelly (@aimzk1990) November 20, 2020
Glad to see them back
— Castor Troy (@Lister2011) November 20, 2020
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