Kalvin Phillips had a lot of visible strapping on his left knee during the second half of Leeds United’s 1-0 win away at Swansea City on Sunday, and it appears that injury could put a premature end to his season.
TEAM NEWS: Kalvin Phillips misses game v Barnsley through injury. #lufc— Adam Pope (@apopey) July 14, 2020
Marcelo Bielsa said in his press conference that the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ will definitely miss Thursday’s game against Barnsley, and the worst case scenario is a “Four/Five week lay-off”.
Much like earlier in the season, Bielsa has said that Ben White will move into the holding midfield role - he did not name who will play at centre-back but it is likely to be Gaetano Berardi who has deputised excellently this season.
With and without Berardi this season. Not an exact science, but still pic.twitter.com/kjukHaSylA— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) July 14, 2020
The other option is to play Luke Ayling at centre-back, with Stuart Dallas moving to right-back and either Ezgjan Alioski or Barry Doulgas taking up the left-back role.
The match also sees Kiko Casilla eligible after his eight-match ban for racially abusing Jonathan Leko against Charlton Athletic earlier this season. Surely he will not be involved, both morally and in football terms it wouldn’t be the right thing to do. France youth international Illan Meslier has been good in this run and deserves to keep his place.