Update on Leeds' Kalvin Phillips injury
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Kalvin Phillips has spoken to the Leeds That podcast this week revealing details about his shoulder injury which he sustained against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Leeds United midfielder was initially ruled out for up to six weeks after the Monday night defeat to the Wanderers. 

Since Phillips' absence, the Whites have gone on to end Aston Villa's perfect start to the season with a 3-0 thumping at Villa Park.

Three to four weeks out?

The England international was ruled out for up to six weeks when the statement was first released about his injury.

However, Phillips has since shed the light and given Leeds fans a bit of relief.

“It’s getting better,” he said. “I’ve been injured for about a week now, so hopefully I’m aiming for three to four weeks, but if it’s not ready then I’ll have to aim for a bit longer.”

"I just went over in a tackle and landed on my shoulder,” he said. “I tore a few ligaments in my shoulder, so I’m just trying to get it better by not doing anything around my arms.”

How United coped without Phillips

Ezgjan Alioski was brought into the team to replace the defensive midfielder on Friday night.

The Macedonian slotted into left-back, pushing Stuart Dallas into right-back, and Luke Ayling into centre-back, alongside German international Robin Koch.

This allowed Pascal Struijk to move up the field into Phillips' position for the match.

However, after picking up an early yellow card, Marcelo Bielsa substituted Struijk as a pre-cautionary measure and brought Jamie Shackleton into midfield and dropped Mateusz Klich into a more defensive role.

Speaking about the performance Phillips said: “I was gutted for Pascal because I’ve been in those situations before.

"It’s not easy being brought off after 20 minutes, but he’s a great player and he’ll take it on his chin.”

Leeds United next face Leicester City at Elland Road on Monday night, 8pm kick-off.

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