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Caleb Ekuban reflects on Leeds injuries

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.

Leeds United's Caleb Ekuban is determined to make up for lost time after an injury-hit first season in West Yorkshire.

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.

Caleb Ekuban has told LUTV that he is desperate to find a bit of momentum after an injury-hit first season at Leeds United.

The Italy-born striker joined Leeds in a £500,000 move from Chievo Verona last summer but a lack of fitness and form means that he is yet to score in the Championship for the Whites.

The 23-year-old has managed 12 league appearances for United this season - only six were from the start - after suffering two separate injuries: one which sidelined him from August to November, and another which kept him out from December until February.

Nevertheless, Ekuban started Leeds' 2-2 draw with Reading on Saturday, having appeared as a cameo in the previous two Championship outings, and the Italian striker is desperate to make up for lost time.

He told LUTV: "Yeah it's been tough but it's all about learning and growing up. I've had a couple of injuries which killed the season for me personally.

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.

"But now I'm back and trying to find a rhythm. I've had a lot of opportunities to play and I just hope to get some momentum going."

Ekuban has certainly shown promising signs at Leeds when he has been fit, but the lack of goals is a concern.

Twelve games isn't a whole lot, but at the same time he has still had a lot of opportunities to break his duck in the Championship and the fact that he hasn't really had a lot of chances is a bit of a worry.

Paul Heckingbottom's side host Sheffield Wednesday in a Yorkshire derby this weekend, and the Barnsley boss must decide whether to start Ekuban again or rotate him with Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

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