Excellent news for Christiansen ahead of Leeds clash against Burton
By Harry Sykes
Eunan O’Kane has won his race to be fit for Leeds United’s Championship clash against Burton Albion on Saturday.
The midfielder, 27, was sent home from the Republic of Ireland’s camp ahead of their World Cup qualifiers with a groin injury and was regarded as a serious doubt for United’s league return after the international break.
But manager Thomas Christiansen revealed at his weekly media briefing, as quoted by the personal Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Lee Sobot, that O’Kane is “100 per cent ready” to play after winning his fitness battle.
Thomas Christiansen says Eunan O’Kane is “100 per cent ready” for the weekend. #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) September 8, 2017
It is excellent news for team and manager, with Christiansen showing great faith in the Irishman in the early weeks of the season.
The former Bournemouth player has started all five of Leeds’ league matches alongside central midfield partner Kalvin Phillips.
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O’Kane will be particularly keen to hold on to his place after struggling to win back a first-team spot in the second half of last season after missing two months with a pelvic problem.
It meant a disappointing debut campaign for the Irishman as ex-manager Garry Monk rotated O’Kane, Phillips, Ronaldo Vieira and Liam Bridcutt between the central midfield positions.
To date, Christiansen has settled on a first-choice pair and he will be expected to stick with them after the team’s impressive start to the campaign.