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Eunan O'Kane pulls out of Republic of Ireland squad with fresh groin problem

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Eunan O'Kane has suffered a recurrence of the injury which saw him miss two months for Leeds United last season.

Eunan O'Kane of Leeds United and Charlie Mulgrew during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United at Ewood Park on February 1, 2017 in Blackburn, England

According to The Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United midfielder Eunan O'Kane has been forced to pull out of the Republic of Ireland squad with a groin injury.

The Leeds ace has been in fine form so far this season and has played every minute of the Whites' five Championship games - three wins, two draws.

Eunan O'Kane of Leeds United is tackled by Che Adams of Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Leeds United at St Andrews (stadium) on March 3,...

Overall, the 27-year-old, who missed two months of last season with the same injury and ultimately fell out of favour under Garry Monk, looks a man reborn since Thomas Christiansen has come in and fans of the Elland Road will hope it's a short-term thing.

Leeds, who sit third in the Championship, host Burton Albion in two week's time as the domestic game in England's top two divisions is halted due to the international break.

Michael Mancienne of Nottingham Forest closes down Eunan O'Kane of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on January...

Fortunately for Leeds, Christiansen has Ronaldo Vieira and Mateusz Klich as probable replacements, having sold Liam Bridcutt earlier this month, but it remains to be seen whether the pair - neither of whom have started a Championship game this season - are ready to step in for the Irishman if needed.

United's promotion prospects look a lot brighter than they did at the same point last year and Christiansen will be desperate to see his linchpin shake off his latest setback for the sake of continuity.

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