Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips has been dominated out for 2 months with a hamstring damage, whereas striker Patrick Bamford has additionally suffered a setback on his return from an ankle downside.
Each gamers had been harm in Sunday’s 2-2 with Brentford, with Bamford showing to injure his personal hamstring in celebrating his stoppage time equaliser at Elland Street.
Whereas the striker faces round two weeks on the sidelines, Phillips is predicted to be out for much longer after he pulled up shortly after half-time towards the Bees and headed straight down the tunnel.
Centre-back Liam Cooper additionally harm his hamstring in the identical match, though the timeframe of his absence is unclear at this stage.
The England worldwide solely not too long ago missed two video games with a calf downside – each of which the Whites didn’t win. In the meantime, Bamford and defender Luke Ayling solely returned on the weekend having been out since mid-September with ankle and knee accidents respectively.
German centre-back Robin Koch is a longer-term absentee for Marcelo Bielsa’s aspect and is but to function in any respect this season.
These defensive accidents imply that Phillips has deputised in central defence at occasions this season, however Bielsa will now want to search out cowl for him in midfield. Adam Forshaw’s personal restoration from a long-term damage and subsequent encouraging type ought to assist.
Talking to 90min earlier in December, Phillips revealed he had virtually missed Euro 2020 with a dislocated shoulder.
“That is imagined to be a 3-4 week damage and I needed to one way or the other get match sufficient for the primary recreation, which the health workers at Leeds and England made doable,” he stated.
“It is in all probability the worst feeling I’ve ever felt, I needed to drive all the best way to Harrogate an hour away, simply sat at the back of the automotive with my shoulder dislocated.”