Thomas Christiansen has confirmed that Eunan O’Kane is 100% fit for the game tomorrow amid dears an injury sustained on international duty would rule him out of the game. O’Kane will almost certainly start with Kalvin Phillips in the middle of the pitch now, like every game so far this season.
Thomas Christiansen has confirmed that only Caleb Ekuban and Matthew Pennington are not fully fit although the returning Gaetano Berardi is due to train more before he is considered in a very competitive position. It has gone from the least competitive position to the most in the space of a couple of months. Cameron Bortwick-Jackson is easily the vest natural left-back at the club and in the long run he will probably be the first-choice. Vurnon Anita is currently holding down the position and doing a very good job but isn’t a natural there and we have seen glimpses of that. Matthew Pennington also has a fight on his hands, with Liam Cooper in outstanding form so far this season.
Back to Eunan O’Kane anyway. The Irish midfielder hasn’t had much luck on international duty, often returning with slight strains or knocks that take him a while to recover from, one of which basically ruined the second half of his season under Garry Monk in the last campaign. It became apparent very quick that O’Kane was a favourite of Thomas Christiansen during pre-season and the confidence has been evident since the start of the season. He is playing in a deeper role and has impressed in areas where we weren’t sure if he would, for example screening the back four. We know he is good with the ball but getting hid foot into tackles was a worry, but he has proved more than capable.