Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa says that Kalvin Phillips may not be ready for the Premier League clash against Arsenal on Sunday, as well as adding further injury updates for his squad.
Leeds United could be without Kalvin Phillips for their trip to face Arsenal on Sunday, with Marcelo Bielsa admitting that the midfielder may not be available.
The 25-year-old sustained what looked to be a muscle problem midway through the second half of Leeds’ win against Crystal Palace in midweek, but stayed on for most of the match.
However, he was substituted late on after deeming himself unable to carry on, with Leeds fully in control at 2-0.
The England international had been hoping to be back in time to face the Gunners, but Bielsa has confirmed that Phillips still needs to be assessed before the game, and he could end up missing the trip altogether.
“There’s not a definite position at the moment whether he’ll be able to play or not,” Bielsa told reporters.
Leeds could instead turn to defender Pascal Struijk, who has filled in so far this season when Phillips has been absent.
The defender had plenty of chances to score against Palace from set-pieces at the weekend, but spurned three golden opportunities.
It could be something Arsenal have to watch out for at the weekend, though Struijk has been more comfortable at his more natural centre-half.
Bielsa also confirmed that Ian Poveda and Rodrigo Moreno are both unable to play on Sunday, while Pablo Hernandez may not be risked for the game.
“For the moment, no player comes back and Kalvin remains a doubt,” he added.
“[Hernandez] is not an injury that’s going to extend itself for a long time, like I said. But I’m always prudent when trying to give a timeline.
“I make an estimated reference. I don’t think it’s going to last for too long.”