Leeds' Lewis Cook may be out but it is time for Kalvin Phillips to seize chance

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Don't be surprised to see Leeds giving Kalvin Phillips a chance this weekend.

Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook is at risk of missing the club's upcoming fixtures.

The BBC report he has sustained an ankle injury while on international duty with England and will return to the club to be fully assessed.

He had been part of the England under-19 squad and was due to feature in the game against France earlier this evening.

Leeds at this stage will have to plan for their upcoming fixtures over Easter without him. They face Blackburn at home on Saturday and then travel to play-off chasing Wolves on Monday.

Neil Redfearn will have to look at how to adjust his side, but one option could be to give emerging star Kalvin Phillips a chance.

Cook's injury at least gives him a breather from the rigours of the Championship, having been a near ever present this season, and a chance for Phillips could work out just as well for Leeds.

Phillips is a naturally more attacking player than Cook, but Redfearn could shuffle the pack in midfield to drop Luke Murphy into a more defensive role, with Alex Mowatt completing the trio.

The temptation to put Phillips in is likely to be one Redfearn considers. He has already called up the teenager to the bench recently, getting him used to being part of the first team squad.

He has been a consistent performer for the under-21 side this campaign, and academy coach Jason Blunt talked him up highly this week speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

He said: "He stamps his mark on games. He’s athletic and a good footballer with a good range of passing and a typical Leeds midfielder who the fans tend to like."

After a terrific season, Leeds know what they have with Cook, an outstanding talent but one who at this stage could benefit from the rest and chance to fully recover from his injury.

It's an ideal time with nothing to play for but pride as the season ticks down for Kalvin Phillips to be handed a chance to prove why he should be held in similar regard, and give the side extra energy to end the season on a high.

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