By Richard Parks
Thomas Christiansen has revealed that Caleb Ekuban is the only Leeds United player who will not be fit to play in Saturday’s Championship clash against Reading.
Ekuban, 23, has missed the last nine United matches with a foot injury he sustained in the team’s 2-0 win at Sunderland in mid-August.
He has undergone surgery on his foot and is on the comeback trail but is still not yet ready to return.
Christiansen was indirectly quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay on his personal Twitter account on Thursday afternoon as saying that Ekuban is “the only injury absentee” in his pre-match press conference.
Christiansen says Ekuban is the only injury absentee. O’Kane/Jansson should all be involved. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 12, 2017
Christiansen revealed that Pontus Jansson (arm) and Eunan O’Kane (ribs) are set to shake off problems to be in contention for the starting XI against Jaap Stam’s side.
The manager would like to be able to call upon Ekuban, who showed promising signs before he broke down during the triumph at the Stadium of Light.
Leeds have four other senior forwards on their roster, led by first-choice Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Kemar Roofe and youngsters Jay-Roy Grot and Pawel Cibicki.
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