Leeds United have been dealt an injury blow with fears Kalvin Phillips will be out for two months with a hamstring injury and Patrick Bamford also picking up a problem.

Phillips, 26, picked up the injury during Sunday’s draw with Brentford and initial assessment has revealed he could be out until February to recover.

Bamford, meanwhile, faces at least two weeks out with his problem becoming apparent after scoring an equaliser at the end of the game. Liam Cooper also suffered a hamstring injury and will be sidelined for a period of time.

Phillips suffered the injury in the build-up to Brentford’s equaliser and headed straight down the tunnel after being substituted, with Thomas Frank’s team taking advantage by scoring their second goal shortly after. 

Earlier in the season, Phillips was hit by a calf injury that ruled him out of games against Southampton and Wolves, which Bielsa’s team failed to win.

Phillips, one of England’s most important players during their run to the Euro 2020 final in the summer, missed two Leeds games in October with calf and hip issues — a 1-0 defeat by Southampton and a home draw against Wolves. He was also left on the bench for Leeds’ opener against Manchester United, which they lost 5-1.

Fresh injuries to two of his most influential players will be a major concern for Bielsa, whose side are only six points above the relegation zone ahead of a nightmare run of fixtures.

After the trip to Stamford Bridge, Leeds travel to champions Manchester City before hosting Arsenal and then visiting Liverpool.

Bielsa has further injury issues after centre back and captain Liam Cooper went off injured after 15 minutes against Brentford and he is also facing a spell on the sidelines.


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