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Thomas Christiansen comments on Caleb Ekuban

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

The Leeds United marksman is close to a return to full fitness.

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,...

Thomas Christiansen has told LUTV that Leeds United striker Caleb Ekuban is close to a return to full fitness.

The Leeds striker has been out of action since early September after undergoing surgery on a broken foot sustained in the Championship win at Sunderland.

The initial prognosis was that the £500,000 summer signing from Chievo Verona was set to miss eight weeks of action.

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,...

Six weeks on and Christiansen confirms that the Whites striker, who has scored once this season, is close.

Asked on LUTV if Ekuban is getting close to a return, Christiansen said: "He is getting much closer, yes."

One man who is fit to face Reading on Saturday is Republic of Ireland midfielder Eunan O'Kane.

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

Ireland boss Martin O'Neill said that the former Bournemouth midfielder played with cracked ribs during Leeds' 3-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday before the international break.

But Christiansen laughed that one off by saying that he did not know O'Neill was a doctor.

He added: "Perhaps the coach is a doctor now, but I don't know the situation."

United have lost three of their last four Championship games and a big response is needed against the Royals this weekend.

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