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30th Dec, 2016 | 5:22pm

Leeds senior player unlikely to return for Rotherham clash

By Amir Mir

Garry Monk has stated that he is “hoping” Eunan O’Kane will be back in training before Leeds’ clash against Rotherham on Monday but expressed that he is unlikely to play in the Yorkshire derby.

The senior midfielder has missed the last six Championship games through injury as he nears a return to first team action.

O’Kane last featured during the reverse fixture against Rotherham in November, with the Whites winning the encounter 2-1.

Monk has now revealed that the Republic of Ireland is nearing a return and explained what his mindset will be like when he returns to training.

“We’re hoping he’s back in training before the Rotherham game,” said Monk, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “It’s probably doubtful he’ll be ready for the game but looking beyond that, he’ll be training and fighting for his place in the team.”

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O’Kane has played 14 Championship and EFL Cup matches for Leeds this season, providing two assists along the way.

He has helped his team pick up wins against the likes of Ipswich, Wolves and promotion rivals Norwich this term.

Monk’s side picked up a point against Aston Villa on Thursday evening, with Liam Bridcutt and Kalvin Phillps playing in the middle of the park.

During O’Kane’s absence, the Elland Road club have picked up four wins in six games, including securing nine points against Reading, Brentford and Preston in the space of 13 days.

As O’Kane is unlikely to feature on Monday, he could line-up against Cambridge United in the Third-Round of the FA Cup on January 9.

In other Leeds news, Paul McGrath delivers his verdict after Aston Villa draw against the Whites.