By Alex Stevens
Chris Wood is not expected to be fit for Leeds in their Championship clash against Brentford at Elland Road on Saturday.
The club’s leading scorer suffered a hamstring injury in the Yorkshire giants’ 2-0 league win against Reading on Tuesday night.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay reported manager Gary Monk as saying on his personal Twitter account that Wood is “unlikely to play at the weekend”.
The loss of the 14-goal striker is a major blow to Leeds but Hay says the club’s coaching staff are “hopeful it’s not serious”.
From Monk’s presser, Wood unlikely to play at the weekend and due to have more scans. Leeds hopeful it’s not serious. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) December 15, 2016
Wood is due to undergo more scans, which raises the possibility that his absence could extend beyond Saturday’s clash against 14th-placed Brentford.
However, there is a nine-day break between the hosting of the Bees and Leeds’ subsequent fixture, a trip to Preston on Boxing Day.
Leeds will need no reminding of the importance of Wood, who is the only player in their squad who has scored more than three goals in all competitions this season.
The New Zealand international, who has scored 11 in the league and 3 in the EFL Cup, is 11 clear of his nearest challengers, fellow strikers Souleymane Doukara and Marcus Antonsson.
Monk admitted on Tuesday night that he is “definitely” in the market to sign a new striker in the January transfer window.