Leeds United have been handed a huge injury boost concerning both Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper.
That’s according to a report by Leeds Live, who claim that both Phillips and Cooper are in line for a return to first-team action after the upcoming international break, with the visit of Southampton on April 2 being the predicted return date for the stricken duo.
Speaking about the condition of the pair towards the start of the month, Jesse Marsch said: “Liam was in full training [on March 2]. Kalvin is a few days behind. In my mind, I’m earmarking the international break to get back him back into regular training.”
Considering just how important Phillips and Cooper are within the Leeds squad, the fact that both players look set to be available for the visit of Southampton at the start of next month is sure to have left Marsch buzzing.
Indeed, over Phillips’ 29 Premier League appearances last season, the £36m-rated England international proved just how pivotal he is to the Whites’ midfield, scoring one goal, registering two assists and creating five big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.5 key passes, 1.6 interceptions, 2.6 tackles and winning 5.3 duels per game.
These returns saw the £38k-per-week 26-year-old earn an extremely impressive seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.21, ranking him as Leeds’ best player in the top flight of English football last time out.
Meanwhile, over Cooper’s 15 league outings this season, the £6.3m-rated centre-back has been highly influential in the heart of the Whites’ defence, helping his side keep three clean sheets, in addition to making an average of 1.9 interceptions, 2.1 tackles, 51.2 passes and winning 6.4 duels per fixture.
As such, it is clear to see that the return of both players ahead of what is sure to be a tense run-in in Leeds’ Premier League campaign will provide the club’s chances of survival with a huge boost – an outcome that would certainly delight everyone involved with the Elland Road outfit.