BBC pundit Noel Whelan has claimed that the Leeds United squad were visibly distraught when Kalvin Phillips was forced off during the 1-0 win against Reading.

Whelan admitted that the 24-year-old picking up an injury could be a massive blow to the Whites’ in the promotion race with 12 games left to play.

The former Leeds man claimed that Stuart Dallas’ face sunk as soon as Phillips wasn’t able to continue at Elland Road.

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Whelan claimed that Phillips himself will not want to miss any games, as he wants to play a pivotal role in getting his boyhood club to the Premier League.

“Kalvin went in for a really strong challenge, as he does and that is what we love about him but he has come off second best in this one,” he told Football Insider.

“He is vitally important. You could see the disappointment in the player’s faces, Stuart Dallas’s face sunk. You can see how important he is to everybody but they managed to get through without him which is a positive.

“This kid does not want to miss any games and we have seen when he does how much we do miss him. For club and player, it is massive that we get him on that field.”

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Phillips being missing would be a blow to any side in the Championship, and Marcelo Bielsa claimed he is optimistic he can feature against Middlesbrough on Wednesday.

“It’s a kick. Depending on if the pain disappears as well, the same situation with Kiko. But with both players I am optimistic,” he said, via the Yorkshire Evening Post.

It will be 50/50 on whether or not Phillips features at the Riverside, and Leeds will be in a much better position to pick up three points should he be sitting in midfield.

In other Leeds United news, here is the confirmed Middlesbrough team news for the upcoming clash on Wednesday


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