By Joe Ellis

28th Jan, 2022 | 10:01am

Kalvin Phillips hoping for Leeds United return 'as soon as possible'

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is hopeful that he can make a return to the pitch in the near future with his recovery from injury going well.

The England international was forced off with a nasty hamstring problem in the Whites’ 2-2 draw with Brentford in December and has been sidelined ever since.

But as he detailed in an interview with Sky Sports, his recovery is all going according to plan and he should be back playing in the Premier League in March.

“I’m doing alright, I’ve been in the physio for about seven weeks now so I’m gradually getting stronger and stronger,” Phillips said.

“I felt that there was something wrong, I’ve never had a hamstring injury before so I didn’t know exactly what it was and I tried again for 30 seconds and I knew it wasn’t right to carry on playing.

“They said about eight to 12 weeks so hopefully as soon as possible really because I want to get out there playing.

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“We’ve actually gone on a bit of a good run so I might have to get injured more often and we’ll win more games!”

Huge miss

That last comment is, of course, tongue in cheek but his absence has given some of the younger members of the club a chance to impress.

As an academy graduate himself, Phillips knows all about the hard work the youth coaches put into the talent at Elland Road and they have all held their own when given the opportunity.

But they aren’t really a replacement for Phillips who contributes so much to Marcelo Bielsa’s style of play.

His tenacity in the midfield is unrivalled by almost anyone in the entire Premier League, let alone at the club and it has been badly missed since he’s been out.

With Norwich City and Newcastle United starting to pick up points, the latter against Leeds at Elland Road last time out, the Whites aren’t out of danger just yet and Phillips’ return can’t come soon enough.

In other Leeds United news, a Brendan Aaronson alternative has been identified and the club hopes to complete a late deal.