Thomas Christiansen has suggested that Leeds United will probably have Eunan O’Kane and Pablo Hernandez back for their next game.
Leeds appear set to receive a boost ahead of their trip to Queens Park Rangers this weekend, with Thomas Christiansen suggesting that both Eunan O’Kane and Pablo Hernandez will hopefully be available for the clash at Loftus Road after injury, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The news is undoubtedly a positive for the Whites given the pair’s quality and the fact that they are heading to a ground that they have not won at since 2011.
But it could certainly be argued that based on Leeds’ draw with Aston Villa on Friday night, one player’s return provides an even bigger boost for Leeds.
Pablo Hernandez has been exceptional since returning to the Leeds starting lineup following the international break, scoring and creating the winner against Middlesbrough, contributing the assist against Villa and certainly looking dangerous in the win over Barnsley.
When he went off against Villa on Friday, Leeds definitely looked a lot less threatening going forward. That may have been because the away side looked much better in the second-half, but Kemar Roofe undoubtedly struggled to make the same impact that Hernandez had made before the substitution just before the break.
Meanwhile, as good as O’Kane has been for much of the season, he will know that he faces a battle trying to get back into the side as Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips were excellent in the middle of the park against Villa.
Leeds having O’Kane back available is certainly a plus, but it is surely the return of Hernandez which will be more welcome as his partnership with Gjanni Alioski and Samuel Saiz has threatened to be something really special for the Whites in recent weeks, and reigniting that partnership will surely give Leeds a fantastic chance of winning against Ian Holloway’s side.