Leeds United-mad actor Ralph Ineson was stunned by Raphinha’s performance in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Raphinha, 24, made himself a real handful for the Palace defenders throughout the game, giving Gary Cahill a moment to forget when he nutmegged the former Chelsea centre-back with a beautiful bit of skill.

While Leeds moved up to 10th with their win, there was a bit of concern when Kalvin Phillips was forced off late on with an injury.

It remains to be seen the extent of the setback for the Leeds midfielder but Ineson is hopeful that he’s not suffered anything serious.

“That was strangely relaxing, not my usual Leeds watching experience. Raph is ridiculous, hope Kalvin’s ok,” said The Office star Ineson via his personal Twitter account after the match at Elland Road on Monday night.

KP setback would be disastrous

Phillips is someone who is prone to the occasional spell on the sidelines.

He’s already missed four Premier League matches this season due to injuries and out of those four games, Leeds have won once and lost three.

Their defeats were poor ones too with Palace and Leicester both winning 4-1 against the Whites in November and Brighton winning 1-0 at Elland Road last month.

Ahead of a run of games which sees Leeds pitted against their nearest rivals in the Premier League, it’s vital that the midfield lynchpin is fit.

Leeds play away at 11th-placed Arsenal on Sunday before facing 14th-placed Wolves at Emirates the following week.

After that, the Whites play two games in one week when they face 12th-placed Southampton and ninth-placed Aston Villa.

They’re crucial games if they want to separate themselves from the mid-table cluster and launch a shock bid to qualify for Europe.

Who knows? Win all four of those and we’ll be serious contenders.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan was wowed by this player in the win against Palace as a BBC journalist made a £10million claim.


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