Tony Dorigo has admitted that Leeds United could be missing the irreplaceable midfielder Kalvin Phillips in their Premier League clash with Arsenal.
Marcelo Bielsa confirmed through the week that the Yorkshire Pirlo was doubtful after limping off in the 2-0 victory against Crystal Palace.
Dorigo has crossed his fingers over his fitness and urged Bielsa to wait until the last moment before making a decision on Phillips at the Emirates.
Speaking on LUTV this week, Dorigo admitted that the midfielder can’t be replaced by anyone in this squad, and it could lead to a change in system.
“I really do hope that he will be okay,” he said.
“Marcelo Bielsa is going to wait until the last moment, and so hopefully, please Kalvin wake up feeling absolutely fantastic, get your boots on and let’s give it a go.
“He makes a difference just sitting in front, there is simply no one who can replace him – someone will, but it will be a more of a midfield three or four if Kalvin doesn’t.
“He’s had a great season.”
Phillips is definitely irreplaceable.
Leeds simply aren’t the same without him in the midfield, and this would be another frustrating injury for the England international – his second this season.
The Whites conceded eight goals in three games without Phillips earlier in the campaign, and it would be a massive ask of Mateusz Klich or Jamie Shackleton to step into that role.
Arsenal haven’t at their best recently, but they have the players to exploit spaces in midfield if handed them, and there aren’t many better than Phillips at stopping that – fingers crossed.
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