JIMMY Kebe will remain with Leeds United until the end of the Championship season despite the hamstring strain which has ruled him out of the club’s Easter programme.
Kebe is unavailable for Saturday’s Yorkshire derby at Barnsley and is not expected to play against Nottingham Forest on Easter Monday as his ill-fated loan at Elland Road drifts towards a forgettable end.
The winger has missed the last nine league matches, an absence which coincided with mounting criticism of his performances for United.
Leeds invested heavily in a deal to bring the Mali international north on a half-season loan from Crystal Palace in January but he struggled to make any impact initially and has not played at all since a 5-1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers on March 8.
Manager Brian McDermott has kept him at Thorp Arch, however, and is not ruling out the option of using Kebe again before the season ends on May 3.
“Jimmy won’t be fit for the weekend but he’s still with us and he’s doing his rehab here,” McDermott said. “I hope he gets the chance to play again because I’d really like him to properly show what he can do.
“Sometimes it doesn’t work out for a player at a certain club and he’s not had an easy time here but he’s got so much more to offer. We’ve all seen that from him in the past.”
Sam Byram will also miss Saturday’s game at Oakwell with a hamstring problem – an injury which appears to have ended his season – but Rodolph Austin should be fit after a three-game absence.