Leeds predicted 4-1-3-2 v Cardiff: attacker returns

PREVIEW By Coral Barry

Steve Evans could be able to select top goalscorer Chris Wood for the first time in over a month as Leeds travel to Cardiff on Tuesday night in the Championship.

Wood has not played since 26 January and has missed almost the entirety of a difficult period for the Yorkshire club because of a hamstring problem.

Evans’ side have managed just three goals in the five league without him and recorded their first victory in the competition in ten matches with a narrow 2-1 win over Bolton.

The victory came at a cost with first-team regulars Lewie Coyle, Souleymane Doukara and captain Liam Cooper all picking up injuries.

Full-back Coyle is still waiting to learn the extent of his injury after being stretched off, while Doukara and Cooper will be assessed before the game.

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Striker Doukara’s absence could force Evans to take a chance on Wood or stick with Mirco Antenucci alone upfront after the 31-year-old grabbed a brace against Bolton.

Leeds were not exactly fluent against bottom club Bolton, but managed to allay fears that they could be dragged into a relegation battle after being battered 4-0 by Brighton in their previous game.

Wood is still Leeds’ top goalscorer with eight in the Championship and could return to fire the Whites to their first away win in five attempts.

Leeds (possible): Silvestri; Berardi, Cooper, Bellusci, Taylor; Diagouraga; Bridcutt, Cook, Carayol; Antenucci, Wood.

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