Title-chasing Leeds United look set to be without talisman Kalvin Phillips for the remainder of the season.
The midfielder picked up a knee problem in Sunday’s 1-0 win at Swansea City and he will miss out against Barnsley on Thursday night.
Boss Marcelo Bielsa confirmed the news at Tuesday’s press conference and he also suggested Phillips may well miss all the three remaining fixtures.
Phillips emerged for the second half in Wales with his left leg heavily strapped, but he did finish the game. Now however, with three games in six days the 24-year-old’s season looks to be over.
“Kalvin is not going to play in Thursday’s match,” Bielsa said at his Barnsley press conference.
“We don’t know if he’s going to play the next two matches as well.
“It is a problem in the knee and probably is not going to be involved in the next three matches.
“In the worst case scenario it is an injury that will be resolved in four or five weeks.”
Leeds, who are six points ahead of third-placed Brentford, could seal promotion to the Premier League on Thursday if Brentford drop points on Wednesday against Preston North End.
Bielsa’s men will though have to do it without the influential Phillips with on-loan centre-half Ben White expected to step into midfield, as he did earlier in the campaign.
Gaetano Berardi is expected to partner Liam Cooper at the back.