Kalvin Phillips sustained head injury and needed treatment during Leeds Christmas party

Kalvin Phillips suffered a head injury whilst enjoying a team bonding session with his Leeds United teammates, but the midfielder will be available this weekend having been checked by a club doctor

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  • 18:58, 23 Nov 2021
  • Updated19:09, 23 Nov 2021
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Kalvin Phillips sustained a head injury that required treatment whilst out with his Leeds United teammates on Monday.

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The midfielder was one of several players who partied at Cirque Le Soir, a popular nightclub in Soho, after Marcelo Bielsa had afforded a day off to players who remained in London after Sunday's defeat to Tottenham.

Leeds travelled to the capital at the weekend but some players stayed on to enjoy a team-bonding session prior to the hectic festive fixture schedule.

The pandemic denied the club's squad the chance to celebrate in and around Christmas last year but they have been able to take advantage this year.

Phillips suffered a head knock that has been described in the Telegraph as a graze that caused a cut.

Kalvin Phillips suffered a head injury whilst out with teammates

The club's academy graduate, a key man in the middle of the park, has been assessed by a club doctor and trained as scheduled on Tuesday and will be available for the clash at Brighton this weekend.

Bielsa often allows his players to have Monday off if they play on a Sunday which allowed them to fit in their night out.

Phillips, who has become a mainstay with England and was crucial at for them at Euro 2020, has been part of a Leeds side that has struggled to match the impressive levels of last season.

The Whites are hovering just outside the relegation zone having picked up 11 points from their 12 games thus far.

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Bielsa's side are dealing with a host of injuries to key players and Phillips delivered a measured verdict to their recent loss in north London.

"In the first half we played some good football. We played at our tempo and right at the end [of the first half] we got our goal," he said.

"We went in at half-time really confident. In the second half we knew they were going to come out and want to press us – they did that well. We couldn't really play the same way as we did in the first half.

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"We're very disappointed. It's just a lack of concentration in some parts [of the game] that hurt us. We needed better game management. We were 1-0 up in the second half trying to push for a second goal.

"There were times where we couldn't really play out and I think in those moments you probably need to kick it long and soak up the pressure. There were times we did that well but, like I said, it's probably a lack of concentration that has cost us.

"We are missing some very good players in our team, some very important players. We're missing Pat Bamford and Luke [Ayling]. Rapha was out with Rodri too. It's not an excuse, we did come here and play some good football."

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