Leeds United handed huge injury boost ahead of international break

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Leeds United are back where they belong.

After 16 years away the Whites managed to secure promotion from the Championship last term.

This season was always going to be about consolidating their top flight status but it seems like they're going to be doing much more than that.

A tally of 10 points from seven games has seen Marcelo Bielsa's side nestle themselves safely into a mid-table position - something that everyone will be happy with.

Much of this early success is down to the players.

Bielsa has kept the faith with much of the same group of players who secured promotion last term, with a tight-knit squad and team spirit being key to their success.

However in recent weeks the club have been without key player Kalvin Phillips.

The midfielder has been out of action with a shoulder injury suffered against Wolves two weeks ago.

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But reports from Football Insider have now given some good news by claiming that Phillips will return to training this week.

While a return to action is unlikely to happen before this weekend's clash with Crystal Palace, former forward Noel Whelan has hailed the news.

Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan said: “It is a huge boost to hear that about Kalvin.

"We need to try and get these players back as soon as possible.

“It was noticeable against Leicester that he was not there and of course you miss big players like that.

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“We could have done with Raphinha as well. He might be in contention for Saturday and that would be great. He has such ability so hopefully he will be on the bench.

“We need to try and keep our core group of players fit if we are going to have half a chance this season.”

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This is great news for Leeds United supporters.

Kalvin Phillips is such an important player for Marcelo Bielsa's side as he's very much the beating heart of the team.

As well as being crucial on the pitch, the midfielder is a key man off the field as well with his Yorkshire roots making him a real fans' favourite.

Everyone around the club will be hoping to see him back in action before long, and while the clash with Crystal Palace might come too soon, it'd be great to see him return after the international break.

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