Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips believes Rovers are a threat – even without star man Bradley Dack.

Phillips and Dack were involved in a real battle when the sides met at Elland Road in November but injury will rule the Rovers attacker out of today’s return fixture.

Leeds arrive at Ewood Park top of the table with six games to go but on the back of a frustrating draw against relegation-threatened Luton.

That means they have taken just four points from the nine available since the re-start, and the 24-year-old knows that Rovers won’t lie down and let Leeds impose their style on the game without a fight.

“We know they are a good team,” he said.

“They’ve been without Bradley Dack, who is injured and brings a lot to their game.

“I’ve played against him in the last two years and I think he’s a great player, he brings a lot to Tony Mowbray’s side and scores a lot of goals, which is important as a midfielder.

“I think he’s a big miss for Blackburn and hopefully he can get back playing again soon.

“Despite this, they still have great players and they’re not going to let us come to their place and play the nice football that we play, they’ll try and disrupt us and frustrate us like all of the other teams have.

“I think it will be a good game and if we play like we have been doing in the last couple of games, I am pretty sure we will get the three points.”

Boss Tony Mowbray says his side have a ‘burning desire’ to upset the odds against Leeds, but Phillips says Rovers aren’t alone in taking that view.

He added: “Any team that we come up against really won’t want us to win and it’s not just Blackburn, it’s every team.

“We’re at the top of the league, so when we come to them, it’s going to be their biggest game of the season.

“I think it’s going to be like that in every game until the end of the season, obviously we’ve been working hard all season and we know what to expect and we’re looking forward to try and get the three points.”