Huge blow for Leeds as key 23-year-old first-teamer likely out for weeks – confirmed

Paul Heckingbottom confirmed that the injuries to Matthew Pennington and Eunan O’Kane will likely keep them out “for the next few games”.

Both players limped out of the 2-0 defeat to Fulham in midweek and initial scans have revealed the bad news.

Heckingbottom delivered the news at his pre-match press conference ahead of the Sunderland game on Saturday.

Heckingbottom has said he is “planning without them” although he said they are going to seek a second opinion.

Football Insider verdict:

A mixed bag for Leeds fans. They won’t be disappointed to see O’Kane sidelined after calling for the midfielder to be axed for weeks. It’s a shame it’s taken an injury to do it, but Kalvin Phillips will be an able deputy. Matthew Pennington is a bigger blow, both for the team and for the player. He would have wanted to end the season strongly in a bid to make his loan deal permanent, and with just six games left he’s going to miss at least the remaining games. His loss also puts a big strain on the Leeds defence, with Heckingbottom admitting he might have to call on Paudie O’Connor for Saturday’s game. We think Tom Pearce is more likely, with Gaetano Berardi moving to the centre with Pontus Jansson. Either way it’s stretching things at the back. 

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