By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans took to Twitter to call upon manager Paul Heckingbottom to recall Caleb Ekuban to the team in the wake of Tyler Roberts’ shattering injury blow.
United released a statement on their official website on Wednesday afternoon to explain that the striker’s ankle injury is worse than initially feared.
Scans on the joint have showed a small crack to his shin and he is now set to see a specialist for further assessment before the club can put a specific timescale on his absence.
It is a blow to new boss Heckingbottom, who revealed shortly after his Elland Road arrival that he tried to sign Roberts when he was at former club Barnsley.
Roberts has not been available for action since joining Leeds from West Brom on deadline day for an initial £2.5million rising to a potential £4million.
United fielded Pierre-Michel Lasogga as the centre-forward in last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United, supplemented by wide duo Kemar Roofe and Ezgjan Alioski.
Ekuban made his comeback after his second serious foot injury of the season with 12 minutes remaining as a substitute for Kalvin Phillips but had been forgotten about by many after his two-month absence.
Leeds fans on social media have called on Heckingbottom to give an extended chance to the 23-year-old Ghanian, with one claiming he has “rated him highly” from his eight appearances to date this season.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Shame about Roberts. Good job Ekuban is now fit
— White Knight LUFC (@WhiteKnightLUFC) February 14, 2018
Shame for Tyler Roberts but hopefully Caleb Ekuban will get a run of games now, rated him highly in the few games I have seen him play earlier in the season
— Marching On Together (@lufcvseverybody) February 14, 2018
— burdinho (@burdinho) February 14, 2018
gutted Roberts is injured Lasogga and Ekuban need to start up top on Sunday #lufc
— Armo ????☀️ #NH69 ???????? (@Jordan_Armo) February 14, 2018
— ???????????? (@bobbygamora) February 14, 2018
At least Ekuban might get a decent run now #lufc
— Stu Maol (@StuMaol75) February 14, 2018