By Emma Sanders
Chris Wood and Pablo Hernandez could both be named fit for Leeds’ clash against Preston on Monday evening following a fitness update from Garry Monk.
The key duo both missed Saturday’s 1-0 victory against Brentford but are hopeful of making a return to the squad for the next fixture which will take place on Boxing Day.
Hernandez has been out of action for over a month after picking up a hamstring injury in the 3-2 victory against Norwich and has not featured in Leeds’ last six games.
He missed crucial games against Reading, Liverpool and Brighton but it will be a major boost for Monk if he is available for selection in the Christmas fixture.
“Pablo [Hernandez] only trained for two days and wasn’t quite right so this game [Brentford on Saturday] came too soon for him,” said Monk, as quoted by the Express.
“He’ll have a good week’s training now and will be back in contention for next weekend. We’re hoping Chris [Wood] will be involved in the latter stages of next week and hopefully he’ll be available for the Preston game.”
The 31-year-old could be joined by Wood in the squad, who will also be a huge addition to the Leeds squad.
Wood is the leading goal-scorer this season and he has already netted 14 goals in all competitions, including 11 in the Championship.
The duo have notched up 33 league appearances between them already this season and they have been crucial members of the squad throughout the 2016-17 campaign, particularly Wood.
Leeds currently sit in fifth position in the league table but are in great form, conceding just one defeat in their last five games in the English second tier.