Chris Wood is Leeds' top scorer this season with eight league goals
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By Alex Stevens

Chris Wood is closing in on his long-awaited return to the Leeds team, Steve Evans revealed on Monday.

The Championship club’s leading scorer has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since 26 January and his goal threat has been sorely missed by Evans’ side.

Wood has scored eight league goals this season, one more than his team-mate Mirco Antenucci.

Speaking at his media briefing on Monday, Evans confirmed that Wood is on the comeback trail aheads of Tuesday’s Championship clash against Cardiff.

“We’ll see how Woody is tomorrow but I’m probably leaning towards Saturday for his return speaking to the medical people,” the manager explained. “We’ll make a decision tomorrow.

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“We’ve got more players available today than we thought we might have had when we left Elland Road on Saturday night. The boys have worked really hard to try and recover and the medical staff were working on them all day yesterday, too.”

In other Leeds injury news, Evans has confirmed that Lewie Coyle will miss Tuesday’s trip to Cardiff as a result of the ankle injury sustained in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers.

The full-back, in just his third Championship start for the club, was forced to leave the field on a stretcher following a first-half collision with Jay Spearing and is now set for scans to reveal the extent of the damage.

Fighting fit: Evans revealed Woody is on the comeback trail
Fighting fit: Evans revealed Woody is on the comeback trail

Coyle will not travel to South Wales for Tuesday’s meeting with the Bluebirds, but fellow defender Liam Cooper will make the journey with the squad despite coming off at half-time of Saturday’s win with a hamstring problem.

Cooper remains a slight doubt, though, and will be assessed ahead of kick-off at the Cardiff City Stadium.

“We’ll see how Cooper is tomorrow – his hamstring just tightened up,” said Evans. “It’s certainly not a strain or any longer term issue, we just have to make sure there are no longer term repercussions.

“Coyley is going to miss the game – he’s got some bruising coming out and we’re thoughtful that it’s more of a seven-day injury. He may even be fit for Blackburn.”