Leeds boss Bielsa refuses to put a time-frame on Phillips's return

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa refuses to put a time-frame on Kalvin Phillips’s return as he reveals the midfielder could undergo shoulder surgery while sidelined with hamstring injury

  • Kalvin Phillips hobbled off with a hamstring injury in Leeds’s draw with Brentford
  • The midfielder has been a shoulder problem since match with West Brom in May
  • Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa revealed he could undergo surgery while sidelined
  • Patrick Bamford injured his hamstring after scoring a late goal against the Bees

Marcelo Bielsa has refused to set a time-frame for Kalvin Phillips’s return to first-team action and indicated he could send the midfielder for shoulder surgery if he faces an extended spell on the sidelines.

The 26-year-old England international limped out of Leeds’ draw with Brentford last week with a hamstring injury while Liam Cooper and Patrick Bamford sustained similar injuries, ruling all three out of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Chelsea.

Phillips has been battling a shoulder problem since sustaining the injury against West Brom in May and Bielsa admitted it would make sense to fix the issue if reports of a possible two-month absence prove accurate.

Marcelo Bielsa (above) has refused to set a time-frame for Kalvin Phillips’s return to action

The Leeds midfielder hobbled off for his side in their 2-2 draw against Brentford on Sunday

Bielsa said: ‘The time they will be out is subject to their evolution, and I can’t express myself any clearer in that sense.

‘If the time that (Phillips) needs to recover from this (hamstring) injury exceeds the one that he needs to recover from his shoulder, then it makes sense.

‘But as we don’t know how long he is going to take to recover from his current injury, I can’t apply that common sense.’

In a further setback for Bielsa’s side, striker Bamford hurt himself as he ran off after his dramatic 95th-minute goal against the Bees.

Bamford had come off the bench to make his first appearance in almost three months following an ankle injury, but is now a doubt again for Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.

Patrick Bamford sustained a similar injury celebrating the late equaliser against the Bees

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