Leeds United left Kalvin Phillips out of their development side's match against Nottingham Forest today, suggesting that he could be on first-team duty this weekend.
Leeds United have given their strongest hint yet that Kalvin Phillips will be in their team to face Nottingham Forest this weekend, as he was not involved with the under-21 squad earlier today.
Phillips has been a regular for the Whites' development squad this season, but he was not included in the team that faced Forest this afternoon.
In Phillips' absence, Leeds' and Forest's development teams drew 1-1, but that result will be the least of the young midfielder's concerns at the moment as it seems likely that Neil Redfearn plans to utilise him tomorrow.
Leeds' senior side take on Forest at Elland Road and Phillips appears to have a good chance of at least being on the bench for that fixture.
Phillips' omission today suggests that Redfearn did not want to risk fatiguing the 19-year-old and it is the clearest indication yet that he will be involved.
Philips has been included in a few of Leeds' first-team squads this season, but he is yet to make his debut and will be hoping to get on the pitch against Forest.
Just this week, Redfearn has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he would have no qualms playing Phillips at Championship level, and it seems that he could be about to back up that statement on Saturday afternoon.