By Craig Scott

8th Dec, 2021 | 5:10pm

Leeds United could be dealt major triple blow amid Kalvin Phillips injury

By Patrick Hayes

Patrick Bamford and Liam Cooper both suffered issues, alongside Kalvin Phillips, as Leeds United drew with Brentford on Saturday, according to BBC Sport.

The broadcaster reports that Bamford picked up a knock while celebrating his 95th-minute equaliser while Cooper trudged off after just 15 minutes having sustained a knock. 

To add insult to Leeds’ injury issues, Phillips suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Brentford, limping off just five minutes into the second half. It has been reported that the midfield maestro could be facing “a lengthy spell on the sidelines”.

Injury crisis returns

Bamford has been indispensable to the Whites throughout their return to top-flight football, having played 42 times out of a possible 53 games in the Premier League, netting 19 times in the process.

If he’s going to be ruled out and how long he’ll be out for – if that’s the case – is still to be discovered, but it is a case well-evident that Leeds’s simply can’t afford to lose such a talismanic figure for them in front of goal. 

The news of Phillips’ absence has dealt Marcelo Bielsa’s side a colossal blow as they battle it out at the wrong end of the table. This comes just days after it had been reported by journalist, Pete O’Rourke that Bielsa and co. were on the lookout for a new, deep-lying central midfielder as cover for the coveted Phillips.

Leeds injury troubles now include four regular first-team players. With Robin Koch already out, Phillips, Bamford, and Cooper could now all fall victim to the injury curse that has plagued the Elland Road squad this term and their availability against Chelsea this weekend could be in doubt.

With trips to Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool in the coming weeks, Leeds injury grievances coincide with what is set to be a hellish run of games for the Yorkshiremen.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay shares what Joe Gelhardt is privately thinking about his short-term future at the club.