Striker Caleb Ekuban has been ruled out of Leeds’ United’s Championship clash against Reading on Saturday.
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 is on the comeback trail but Thomas Christiansen revealed at his weekly media briefing that the summer signing is still not yet ready to return.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay quoted Christiansen 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, who have not won for five matches and are positioned 20th in the table.
Ekuban would have been unlikely to have started against Reading even if he was fully fit, but the more dangerous attackers Christiansen can call upon, the better. The summer signing from Chievo is raw but promising and he showed his potential with a goal on his debut in the 4-1 League Cup demolition of Port Vale in August. Ekuban was subsequently given the nod to start at Sunderland when Chris Wood claimed he was ordered not to play, and looked decent before hobbling off with a foot injury midway through the second half. It is expected to be a few more weeks before the former Chievo forward is fully fit but Christiansen can still call upon main man Pierre-Michel Lasogga as well as youngsters Jay-Roy Grot and Pawel Cibicki, and the versatile Kemar Roofe.