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Morning Leeds-in for 4 October 2017: Eunan O’Kane played through cracked rib at Sheffield Wednesday

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill

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This actually explains a lot.

According to Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill, Eunan O’Kane has a cracked rib and he played through the pain against Sheffield Wednesday. Now, while it’s admirable for O’Kane to put the side before self, he seemed a shadow of himself last Sunday. Maybe sit that one out? Maybe give Ronaldo Vieira a run in the team? Christiansen needs to ignore the player and listen to his medical staff sometimes, as every player always thinks they’ll be fine and will want to play through the pain, even if they can’t go.

Anyway, on to the links.

Leeds United Links

Leeds United Ladies lost to Morecambe 3-1 on Sunday. At least they scored a goal,eh? [Leeds United.com]

Phil Hay of the YEP looks at ways Leeds can toughen up on the road. [Yorkshire Evening Press]

England and English football Links

Greg Clarke, head of the FA, says that Mark Sampson should have sacked years ago. Well, why wasn’t he then? Or is this announcement about something else? [BBC.com]

I think I found the “something else:” England players Eniola Aluko and Lianne Sanderson are set to give evidence at a government inquiry on 18 October. [BBC.com]

The Premier League is set to discuss how the overseas TV money is distributed to clubs, as the big boys want all of the money or something like that. [Sky Sports.com]

Our friends at Royal Blue Mersey did a good job of “introducing” some of the players on the Everton Ladies team. [Royal Blue Mersey]

World Football Links

Pietro Pellegri is an 16-year old Italian player who turned down bigger clubs to stay home and play at Genoa, as he has family ties to the club, including his father, who broke down in tears seeing his son score two goals against Lazio. [BBC.com]

Speaking of Lazio, part of the Stadio Olympico will be closed for two matches because of racist chanting. [BBC.com]

Barcelona leaving La Liga? No really, this might actually happen. [Barca Blaungranes]