By Wayne Veysey

29th Dec, 2016 | 2:12pm

Leeds first-team ace to make comeback against Rotherham - report

By Alex Stevens

Eunan O’Kane will make his long-awaited Leeds comeback in their Championship clash against Rotherham next Monday.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that O’Kane is expected to miss the Elland Road outfit’s showdown against Aston Villa in Birmingham on Thursday night with the groin injury that has sidelined him since late November.

But it is said that manager Garry Monk is “hopeful” of reinstating the key first-teamer in the team that will play Rotherham in the league next Monday.

O’Kane, who is considered to be the first-choice central midfielder to partner fit-again skipper Liam Bridcutt, has been absent since breaking down in the first half of Leeds’ League Cup defeat to Liverpool on 29 November.

The Republic of Ireland international has missed Leeds’ last five matches, which have yielded four wins and a defeat to Brighton, for Monk’s team.

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O’Kane, who joined from Premier League club Bournemouth on deadline day in August, has started 12 of Leeds’ 23 Championship matches this season.

During Bridcutt’s three-month absence with a foot injury, O’Kane was partnered by rookie duo Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips.

Leeds will be able to call upon Chris Wood and Pablo Hernandez against Villa on Thursday after they emerged unscathed from the team’s 4-1 Boxing Day win over Preston.

But speculation intensified on Thursday afternoon that a key first teamer has been forced to pull out of the trip to Villa Park.

In other Leeds transfer news, a 25-year-old has signed for the club after agreeing terms.