Their previous league game saw the Whites secure a 3-0 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road thanks to goals from Raphinha, Rodrigo and Jack Harrison.
Heading into Monday’s showdown, it seems as though the Yorkshire club have been handed a boost regarding the fitness of one of their key figures.
Speaking in his latest press conference ahead of the clash against the Eagles (via Phil Hay), Jesse Marsch had this to say about the current fitness of Kalvin Phillips.
He said: “He’s been great in training. He’s fully fit, he’s fully ready.”
Having not long recovered from a hamstring injury that kept him out of action for a significant period of time, the Englishman has made an appearance off the substitutes bench in both of Leeds’ two previous league games.
The Premier League results, particularly the defeats, Leeds picked up during Phillips’ absence between December and March highlight just how important the 26-year-old is for the team from a defensive point of view.
With 14 league appearances under his belt this season, the England international has won 29 tackles, made 30 blocks, 26 interceptions and 21 clearances, highlighting how key he is in the middle of the park.
Now that the Leeds boss has revealed that the midfielder is fully fit and ready to go in terms of potentially starting against Palace, this will surely be music to the ears of a lot of Whites supporters.
Furthermore, with Adam Forshaw recently picking up a season-ending knee injury, Phillips’ return to full fitness couldn’t have come at a better time for Marsch.
Heading into the game against Palace, the fact that Patrick Vieira’s side have scored five more goals than Leeds this season shows just how much they’ll need Phillips in the side for as long as he can take.
Looking beyond that, with the Yorkshire club having games against Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea left to play before the campaign ends, having Phillips in the team could be crucial for Leeds and their chances of securing a place in the top flight next season.