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Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo to return from injury on Friday

Thu 04 March 2021 | 17:25

Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo are set to play for Leeds U-23 this Friday as they are getting closer to boost an injury-hit Leeds United’s squad.

Phillips

has missed Leeds’ last four matches due to a calf injury, while

Rodrigo

has been sidelined since the end of January because of a groin injury.

“Some players coming back from injuries will play in the (under-23s’) game tomorrow (against Wolves),”

said their manager, Marcelo Bielsa.

However, the Argentine did not clarify which of his injured players were closest to a return to contention with

Ian Poveda

(ankle) and midfielder

Jamie Shackleton

(groin) are also out with injuries.

“It all depends how they evolve in the following days,”

the Argentinian said.

Pascal Struijk

picked up an injury during the Whites’ home defeat to Aston Villa as well.

Bielsa

agreed that this season had been unusual in terms of the amount of players who had sustained injuries at all clubs.

“Yes, it’s true what you say,”

he said.

“If we have a closer look at this hypothesis, it could be confirmed if you examine in more detail.

“What generated some problems for us was three factors – Berardi and Forshaw had long-term injuries and we suffered injuries to players in the same positions, or similar positions.

“For example, the absence of Pablo and Rodrigo at the same time, or Koch and Llorente. This increases the difficulty.

“It wasn’t a problem without a solution. In the centre-backs, (Luke) Ayling and Pascal (Struijk) occupied these positions and shone.

“Tyler (Roberts) and (Mateusz) Klich have played as offensive midfielders. They initially resolved the problem, but what happens is that the substitutions become more difficult throughout the game, but at the same time our opponents have had similar problems.”

 


source: SportMob