By Alex Stevens

Chris Wood missed Leeds’ training session on Thursday following his late return from international duty.

Garry Monk revealed that the in-form striker did not take part in the session at the club’s Thorp Arch headquarters because of his exertions with New Zealand.

But the Elland Road manager revealed Wood is expected to train fully on Friday and hinted that he could be available to play in Saturday’s league clash against Derby.

“He’s done a lot of travelling but no problems,” Monk said, as quoted by the official Leeds Twitter account on Thursday afternoon. “We kept him out of training today but he’ll be back tomorrow.

“Everyone has reported back. We have another training session tomorrow and will make a decision on everyone then.”

Wood, who is the New Zealand captain, has been in fine form for the Yorkshire giants, scoring seven goals in 13 league and cup encounters this season for Monk’s side.

The Kiwi formed a two-pronged attack with Marcus Antonsson in the early weeks of the campaign but Wood had emerged as the first-choice spearhead before the international break.


Leeds currently sit in 11th place in the Championship ahead of Saturday’s trip to Derby, after a run of four wins from five league matches.

A win against Derby and newly appointed manager Steve McClaren could see Monk’s side move to within touching distance of the play-off positions.

In other Leeds team news, the club are set to sign a Spain international in the January transfer window.