Leeds given double injury boost ahead of Huddersfield clash

By Coral Barry

Chris Wood is edging back to full fitness after completing 60 minutes in a friendly match against Peterborough at Leeds’ training ground on Tuesday.

The striker’s highly anticipated return for Leeds came at the weekend as he came on for the final five minutes of the 2-1 victory over Blackburn on Saturday.

He stepped up his fitness with an hour run-out in the behind-closed-doors match at Thorp Arch on Tuesday afternoon and managed to get on the scoresheet.

Wood had been absent since 26 January after struggling to throw off a recurring hamstring problem.

Leeds initially struggled during Wood’s absence and went through a ten-match period in the league without a single victory.

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However, the striker could now face a battle to win back his starting place as Steve Evans’ team bid to extend a three-match winning run.

Current first choice frontman Mirco Antenucci has scored four goals in three league matches and overtaken Wood as Leeds’ top goalscorer.

White hot: Antenucci is Leeds’ leading scorer this season with nine league goals

Centre-back Liam Cooper has also returned to full training after missing the last two games due to a hamstring injury.

Leeds welcome Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield to Elland Road on Saturday as they look to complete four consecutive league wins for the first team this season.

In other Leeds news, the players are preparing for a massive summer overhaul as they fight for their futures.