By Will Butcher
Leeds fans are anxious on Twitter to see Chris Wood return from national team duty after being called up to represent New Zealand during the international break.
Wood, 25, has been called up to the All Whites’ squad to face Fiji in the 2018 World Cup qualifying phase both home and away on March 25 and 28.
New Zealand announced the 23-man squad on their official Twitter account, that sees 46-time international Wood link up with West Ham’s Winston Reid and Ipswich’s Tommy Smith.
— New Zealand Football (@NZ_Football) March 9, 2017
Leeds’ number nine is in the form of his life with the Yorkshire giants, as he continues to supply the goalscoring touch in Garry Monk’s promotion push.
With little back-up to the former Leicester goal machine, fans are desperate to see their star striker return in one piece as the Championship run-in beings to loom.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
do they really need him for these two games or does Woody want to make sure he's in the play offs with Leeds and possibly in Prem?
— Aaron Taylor (@AzzaLufc) March 13, 2017
Was worried this would happen.
— TheAngryMop BA #FBPE 🏴 (@TheAngryMop) March 13, 2017
cotton wool or and timely belly ache I think
— JoshP (@joshua_Proctor) March 13, 2017
please wrap him in cotton wool and return safely!! 😀 @alexhullock
— George Harker (@RatherLargeOne) March 13, 2017
don't get injured or we'll have to rely on own goals for the playoffs
— DB (@wakefield1967) March 13, 2017
DO NOT, and I repeat DO NOT get injured. #MOT
— Donatoson (@DarrenW19781978) March 13, 2017
you don't need him for them games,ridiculous during the end game for playoffs
— bielsa’s lucky blue bucket 💙💛💙💛 (@delwright21) March 13, 2017
Leeds are currently sitting in a lofty fourth position with finishing in the play-offs now a firm reality, as Wood continues to spark dreams in the minds of the Elland Road faithful.
Now on 25 goals in all competitions for the season, Wood will leave Yorkshire soon after Saturday’s evening clash against automatic promotion hopefuls Brighton.