Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has said that Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich are not injured, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.
Writing on The Athletic’s website, the former Yorkshire Evening Post journalist told a fan that there is no need to be concerned about Phillips after he was spotted holding his groin in the 4-3 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.
“Bielsa said him and [Mateusz] Klich were both fine. [Liam Cooper] came back from Scotland duty with a calf complaint,” said Hay.
Cooper missed the action at Anfield with his injury with Pascal Struijk filling in at centre-back alongside Robin Koch in the Scotland international’s absense.
The sooner that Cooper is back, the better for Leeds because they missed his organisational skills and experience in the back-line against Liverpool.
Koch and Struijk didn’t have disasters in the seven-goal thriller but one of those players is new to English football and the other is still learning his trade and barely has any first-team experience.
We hope that Cooper is back next week when Leeds play against Fulham in their next Premier League match but it is good news about Phillips, at least, who is arguably Bielsa’s best player.
According to stats by WyScout, new England international Phillips completed 85 per cent of his attempted passes against Liverpool with 73 per cent of his forward passes finding their target.
He also made three interceptions and completed nine recoveries to help Leeds win possession back from the reignig Premier League champions.
Phillips is going to be crucial to anything Leeds do this season and we hope that he can stay fit and available for all 37 matches to come.
But we do understand that the midfielder has a bit of a record when it comes to injuries and suspensions.
Thankfully, he didn’t add to his injury tally on Saturday.
In other Leeds United news, Richard Keys blasted one thing that happened in the defeat to Liverpool.