Arsenal loanee back in training after injury

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Eddie Nketiah of Leeds United arrives prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Eddie Nketiah of Leeds United arrives prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Eddie Nketiah has returned from injury on schedule to rejoin full training with the Leeds squad.

PRESTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Eddie Nketiah of Leeds United celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Leeds United at Deepdale on October 22, 2019, in Preston, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)
PRESTON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Eddie Nketiah of Leeds United celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Leeds United at Deepdale on October 22, 2019, in Preston, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Eddie Nketiah has been out since the start of November with an injury to a stomach muscle. The striker picked up the problem in training and Leeds sources ruled him out for four weeks of action.

Right on cue, four weeks after the injury on November 1st, Nketiah is back in training. Leeds tweeted a picture to confirm as much on Thursday morning, ahead of their game against Middlesbrough this Saturday.

Don’t take this as a sign that Nketiah will be involved straight away this weekend though.

Marcelo Bielsa told a press conference last week that it’s one thing “being healthy” and another “being ready to compete”. The Leeds boss added: “It is necessary to consider the time he (Nketiah) was without training.”

Nketiah had already been struggling to get into the Leeds starting lineup. After a month on the sidelines and Patrick Bamford finally finding some form, his task isn’t any easier now.

For the moment, Bielsa says Nketiah will be involved with the u23s.

Despite his limited gametime, the Arsenal loanee has done well when called upon. He has five goals in 430 minutes in all competitions, one every 86 so far. The striker also won a penalty against Barnsley, which was converted by a teammate.

If Nketiah doesn’t get back into the team after he returns to full fitness, he may well be recalled in January. Some outlets have already started to report this as a possibility.