Leeds United v Middlesbrough: Christiansen boosted by Ekuban’s return for Whites

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LEEDS UNITED striker Caleb Ekuban could return from a three-month lay-off for Sunday’s Championship hosting of Middlesbrough with head coach Thomas Christiansen admitting: “he will probably have a possibility to be in the squad.”

Summer recruit Ekuban broke a bone in his foot on his only second competitive start for Leeds with the 22-year-old taken off during the second half of August’s 2-0 win at Sunderland on his Championship debut.

BACK IN BUSINESS: Leeds United striker Caleb Ekuban. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

BACK IN BUSINESS: Leeds United striker Caleb Ekuban. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

The forward subsequently underwent surgery to correct the problem but Christiansen has been delighted with the striker’s progress during three weeks of recent training.

The Italian of Ghanaian descent could now feature in Sunday’s Elland Road clash with Middlesbrough for which Christiansen appears to have a fully fit squad.

The Dane also reported that Stuart Dallas has quickly recovered from the badly bruised foot that the winger picked up on international duty for Northern Ireland.

Left back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson had also been struggling with an ankle problem prior to the international break but asked about his team news, Christiansen said: “Caleb is back and the others are okay. They are there.”

Asked about the return of Ekuban, the head coach admitted: “I am very pleased.

“He has been working for two or three weeks now without any problems and going every day better.

“He will probably have a possibility to be in the squad.”

Asked for an update on Dallas, Christiansen said: “He returned with some small problem but this was several days ago. He’s quite good now.”

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