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Thomas Christiansen offers injury update on Leeds United loanee Matthew Pennington

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen has given an update on defender Matthew Pennington.

Everton player Matthew Pennington in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at the Stadium of Light on May 11, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that defender Matthew Pennington is 'very close' to returning.

The Whites defeated Birmingham City 2-0 at Elland Road in midweek, as goals from Samu Saiz and Stuart Dallas handed Christiansen yet another victory.

It's now five wins and two draws for Leeds, making them the only undefeated team left in the Championship after a superb start to the season.

Everton's English defender Matthew Pennington celebrates after scoring their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield in...

Top of the table with just two goals conceded in seven outings, Leeds have made a blistering start to the season, but Christiansen may yet have more options to pick from soon enough.

Defender Matthew Pennington has made just one appearance this season, playing 64 minutes of the opening game of the season against Bolton before suffering an ankle injury.

The Everton loanee hasn't been seen since, and whilst Leeds have yet to even concede a league goal since Pennington's injury, it would still be a boost to have the 22-year-old back available again.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

Leeds take on Millwall in the Championship this afternoon, and manager Christiansen has offered on update on Pennington's injury status ahead of the trip to The New Den.

Christiansen has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Pennington is 'very close' to returning, and could be back in contention to play for next weekend's game against Ipswich Town.

"He is very close. For the next league game (against Ipswich) he could probably be there," said Christiansen. "He is doing good work and he is with the group. That is the last step before he joins us on the pitch," he added.

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