Christiansen confirms Leeds 23-year-old injury boost ahead of clash v Brentford
By Danny Wright
Thomas Christiansen has confirmed that Caleb Ekuban has returned to training as he steps up his recovery from a broken foot.
Ekuban, 23, has played just twice for the Whites since signing from Chievo in the summer but suffered a serious foot injury in his Championship debut at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland in August.
While the forward is still ruled out of action against Brentford on Saturday, his gradual return to fitness is no doubt a major boost to the player and for Christiansen, who will want as many members of his squad available in what has been a tough run of results.
“Only Caleb Ekuban is out. He has been training a few days but won’t play this weekend,” said the Leeds boss in his pre-match press conference on Friday, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Ekuban had a brilliant start to life at Leeds, scoring a goal and supplying an assist in his debut during the 4-1 win over Port Vale in the League Cup.
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However his injury couldn’t have possibly come at a worse time as Christiansen continued to bring in three more strikers in the summer in the wake of Chris Wood’s exit.
Pierre-Michael Lasogga, Jay-Roy Grot and Pawel Cibicki are the fit forward options in the Leeds squad right now, but Christiansen has only ever deployed a formation that uses a lone striker.
Ekuban may have a lot of work when he returns to fitness to barge his way up the pecking order.
In other Leeds United news, Gary Neville has claimed why the Whites are struggling in the transfer market.