By Will Butcher

Garry Monk has revealed Eunan O’Kane will miss Saturday’s clash against Brentford as he continues to nurse a groin problem.

However, the former Swansea boss is hopeful that Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson will return to the squad while Pablo Hernandez is back in training after a hamstring problem.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Thursday morning, Monk was quoted by Leeds official Twitter account as saying Ireland international O’Kane must be looked after.

“Eunan O’Kane is still out,” Monk said. “It is a situation where we need to manage it properly and take it on the response of the player.

“We are hoping Marcus Antonsson will be available for the weekend. Pablo Hernandez is back in training today which is a boost for everyone.”

The return of Spain international Pablo Hernandez will come as a huge boost to Leeds fans, as the former Swansea ace finally returns to the field after missing the Yorkshire giants’ last five games.

With two goals and two assists in his 12 Championship appearances this season, Hernandez could be brought in to the side from the off against Dean Smith’s Brentford.

Four-time Ireland international O’Kane is likely to be replaced by Liam Bridcutt, after the Leeds captain made his return to the side against Reading following three months out with a broken foot.

Summer signing Marcus Antonsson, who has struggled for game time and goals since his £2million move to Elland Road, is set to move back to the substitute’s bench in place of 17-year-old Mallik Wilks.

Three points for Leeds against the Bees on Saturday could see Monk’s side move up to an astonishing third place, despite starting the season in woeful form.

In other Leeds team news, Chris Wood is set to remain sidelined with this muscle problem.