PREVIEW By Coral Barry
Chris Wood is in line for his first start in 2016 when Leeds face Rotherham in the Championship on Saturday.
Wood’s last start for Leeds was in the 2-2 draw with Derby in late December, but the striker seems to have finally shrugged off his persistent hamstring problem.
Leeds face Rotherham in their first game after the international break and are aiming to put behind them the 4-1 humiliation they suffered against Huddersfield in the their last league outing.
Wood has spent the last few matches easing himself back into full fitness after a lengthy absence and could start with fellow striker Souleymane Doukara ruled out.
Doukara has been hit with an eight-match ban after being found guilty of a biting offence by the FA on Thursday and will not return until Leeds’ final game of the season.
Wood has been overtaken by Mirco Antenucci as Leeds’ top scorer and has nine league matches left to retake his crown.
Another star man likely to be restored to the starting eleven is prize asset, Lewis Cook.
Cook played 90 minutes on Tuesday night for the England under-19s, but the manager is hopeful the quick turnaround will not faze him.
Leeds’ hammering at the hands of Huddersfield last time out has raised fresh doubts about the quality of Evans’ coaching and his players.
The drubbing brought back memories of the embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Brighton last month and Evans will be hoping his side deliver a similar response to the Huddersfield disappointment.
Leeds went on a three league game winning streak after the Brighton fiasco and the match will have the added spice of Evans returning to his old club to face a former Whites manager in the Rotherham dug-out, Neil Warnock.
Evans only fitness concern is Mustapha Carayol who has yet to return from international duty with Gambia.
Leeds (possible): Silvestri; Berardi, Bamba, Bellusci, Taylor; Bridcutt, Diagouraga, Mowatt, Cook; Antenucci, Wood.