Phillips and Raphinha hands Marcelo Bielsa double injury boost ahead of Spurs clash
Leeds United have potentially been handed a double boost ahead of this Saturday lunchtime’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
Whites duo Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips were caught in a video entering the training field alongside the rest of the first-team squad, hinting at a potential return this afternoon.
The Brazilian has been out since the victory over Manchester City after picking up a thigh injury, meanwhile, Phillips has missed just last week’s loss to Brighton and Hove Albion due to a minor knee issue
Speaking about the duo in his pre-match press conference, Marcelo Bielsa claimed they have been getting assessed on a daily basis in the run-up to the clash with Spurs.
Bielsa said: “Their presence is subject to an evaluation carried out on a daily basis.”
TBR View: Duo add quality to the side
Last week’s clash against the Seasiders exposed a massive gaping hole in the Whites’ midfield, one that would normally be filled by the ever-reliable England international.
Phillips’ blend of long/short passes and defensive ability has made him a key figure in Bielsa’s team with the ace attempting the most long-balls per game than any player. And his absence has shown with the Elland Road outfit having won just two of their nine Premier League games without the star, a sign of his impact.
Meanwhile, Leeds’ shining South American talent has combined for more goals and assists than everyone but Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford. He averages the most dribbles and the second-most shots per game in what has been a stunning debut campaign in the top-flight.
A return would be the biggest boost for the team, who take on a rejuvenated Spurs side looking to make it into European football next year.
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