By Craig Scott

27th Apr, 2022 | 8:10pm

Ian Poveda sent messages by exit-linked Leeds United duo amid speculation over future

Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha have sent messages to Ian Poveda after the Leeds United winger returned from injury while on loan at Blackburn.

Poveda, 22, made his first appearance since November on Monday night when he came off the bench in Blackburn’s Championship win at Preston.

He took to via his personal Instagram account on Tuesday to hit back at those who said he’d miss the rest of the season with his serious ankle injury.

In response to the post, Raphinha replied saying, “receba“, which means to receive or to earn something.

Phillips hailed Poveda’s work to get fit again, saying: “The unseen grind.”

Luke Ayling also reacted. He said: “Let’s go boy.”

Future up in the air

It’s great to see Poveda back playing football again after what has no doubt been a very tough few months.

The 22-year-old didn’t have the best starts to the season at Ewood Park as he found himself in and out of Tony Mowbray’s side in the Championship.

But now, he’s back in the squad and could be involved in a play-off campaign if Rovers are able to break into the top-six before the regular season ends.

However, when Poveda’s loan deal at Blackburn is up, you have to admit there are question marks surrounding the future of a 22-year-old player who’s never been a regular at Leeds, struggled for game-time in the Championship and has had a serious injury.

On 28 March, LeedsLive reported that Poveda might need to be loaned out again for next season while ex-Leeds goalkeeper has told MOT Leeds News that the attacker’s future under Jesse Marsch is “up in the air“.

It remains to be seen how Marsch and Victor Orta will handle Poveda in the summer but ultimately, he’s going to be 23 by the time next season is over and his contract will also be expiring in a year’s time.

This summer might be the optimal time to sell the ex-Manchester City player unless there are first-team plans for him at Elland Road.

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