Marcelo Bielsa provides injury update on key Leeds United man ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa says key man Kalvin Phillips will be available for their match against Crystal Palace at Elland Road on Tuesday night.

The England midfielder was substituted at half-time in the 0-0 draw between Leeds and Brighton, with some suggestion he might be suffering from a calf problem.

However, Bielsa quashed those rumours on Monday morning when previewing his side’s game against the Eagles, confirming that Phillips would be available to face Patrick Vieira’s side.

The Whites boss also provided an update on the injuries of Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling, who are not ready for a first-team return yet, and Robin Koch.

“With respect to the injuries, Bamford and Ayling are going to play with the U23s today [Monday],” said Bielsa.

“The recovery of Koch is on the programme as scheduled. With respect to Kalvin, he’s available for the game tomorrow.

“As I said in the declarations after the game against Brighton, [Jamie] Shackleton and Pascal [Struijk] coming on were all to do with improving how the team was playing.”

The Leeds boss also fielded some questions about Eagles manager Vieira and how the Frenchman has settled into life as a Premier League manager.

Palace have only lost three games in the league this season and sit 11th in the table, with Vieira credited for turning one of the league’s oldest squads from last season into a younger, more dynamic outfit under his stewardship.

“Obviously the function of a coach is for the team to play as he desires,” added Bielsa. “It’s admirable how deeply he’s been able to install his ideas at Crystal Palace.”

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