Leeds could be without Eunan O’Kane who has played every minute of Leeds’ unbeaten season so far under Thomas Christiansen. He picked up an injury in training with Republic of Ireland last week, something that seems to be a regular occurrence for our international players, and he could now miss the weekends game.
O’Kane was probably in his best position to get some minutes for the Republic of Ireland in a while after a very good start to the season with Leeds. He has been a key figure in the engine room for the side, sitting deep and linking the play as well as screening the defence, and doing a very good job with both. His confidence is sky-high and there is no wonder, Thomas Christiansen has put his faith in O’Kane and that was evident as the Irish playmaker was picked to face the media before the opening day trip to Bolton, and he was asked about the captaincy with many fans saying he should have been chosen for the role.
O’Kane goes about his business quietly on the pitch and will rarely get a man of the match award or goals, not even assists, what he does is knit everything together on the pitch and keeps things ticking over in the middle of the pitch. He was frustrated by the lack of games towards the end of last season under the stubborn Garry Monk and he made that quite clear in interviews this summer. In terms of consistency I don’t think anyone else has been as good as him this season, playing many minutes and rarely putting a foot wrong. He faces a race against time to make the game on Saturday but could feature on Tuesday against Birmingham if he does miss the game.