Leeds United have five players out injured for upwards of a month with Kalvin Phillips listed as an injury doubt for the Arsenal game, according to The Athletic.
We have had a torrid time with injuries this season and Marcelo Bielsa has been unable to start his strongest side in the Premier League.
Phillips picked up a knock in the late stages of the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Monday which had some Whites fans concerned over his potential availability for this weekend’s game against the Gunners.
Some of the treatment tables are really starting to pile up eh pic.twitter.com/AGJdTAi3tT
— Tom Worville (@Worville) February 11, 2021
Tom Worville, The Atheltic’s Football Analytics Writer, shared an injury update for every Premier League side on Thursday and it makes for grim reading.
Adam Forshaw, Gaetano Berardi, Ian Poveda, Robin Koch and Rodrigo are all expected to be out for upwards of a month with Rodrigo’s injury seemingly worse than first feared.
Phillips has a yellow icon next to his name which denotes that he is ‘returning within 7-30 days or currently being assessed’.
We can only hope that he is being assessed ahead of this weekend’s game as if he is only due to return in the next seven days then there is a good chance he will miss the game at The Emirates.
In more positive news, the graphic does suggest that Pablo Hernandez will return in the next seven days so he could be an unexpected returning option for Bielsa against Arsenal.
These injuries are incredibly frustrating.
It feels like as soon as we get a player back we lose someone else somewhere else on the pitch.
We all know how big of a miss Phillips is when he is absent as Bielsa still hasn’t found a way to properly replace our midfield dynamo.
We could probably get away with not having Phillips against a poorer side but Arsenal will fancy their chances this weekend.
Every Leeds fan will be hoping that some positive injury news will finally come our way in the next few days even though we are still trying to deal with the loss of Rodrigo for a prolonged period.
A returning Phillips would give us plenty of confidence going into a game against a decent Arsenal side.
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