Positive update on Kalvin Phillips ahead of England’s Euros campaign

Leeds are cautiously optimistic Kalvin Phillips’ shoulder injury is not too serious.

Leeds are assessing Phillips after he damaged his right shoulder in the final seconds of Leeds’ win over West Brom on Sunday and it is understood their initial diagnosis is that it looks positive.

They do not have the full picture yet and Leeds’ medical team, headed by Rob Price, were examining Phillips on Monday.

Phillips’ worst fear is that he has dislocated his shoulder, which could rule him out of the Euros and England’s first game against Croatia is on June 13.

Phillips, 25, has won seven caps since making his debut in September and is key to Gareth Southgate’s plans for the Euros.

Kalvin Phillips is a key player for Gareth Southgate

The midfielder was hurt in stoppage time when he challenged West Brom’s Grady Diangana and fell awkwardly on his shoulder.

Phillips looked in obvious pain as he walked off, holding his right shoulder.

The academy graduate missed nearly five weeks in the autumn when he damaged his shoulder in a defeat to Wolves at Elland Road.

Phillips’ injury marred what was a great end to Leeds’ first season back in the Premier League as they finished ninth to record their best season since 2002.

Patrick Bamford has enjoyed an excellent season for Leeds United
Patrick Bamford says Leeds season has been “quite special”

They finished strongly, notching up seven wins and two draws in their last 10 games.

Significantly, they only conceded eight goals during that run after averaging over two goals a game before Christmas.

Patrick Bamford ended the campaign with an impressive 17 Premier League goals and he says the team continues to improve under Marcelo Bielsa’s tutelage.

“As a team we couldn’t have really asked for more than what we have done in our first year back in the Premier League, it really is quite special,” said the striker.

“That’s testament to the boys and the coaching staff, everybody has put so much work in, so we’ll have a well-deserved break now.

“We’re getting better and better the more we work under Marcelo and whilst it is hard and very demanding, the boys love him. Everyone is so appreciative of what he has done for us and the team.”

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