By Wayne Veysey

30th Mar, 2017 | 1:18pm

Major Leeds boost as long-term absentee makes long-awaited return

By Alex Stevens

Leeds defender Lewie Coyle is in contention to return for the team’s Championship clash against Reading on Saturday.

Manager Garry Monk reported a clean bill of health on Thursday afternoon for the youthful full-back following a lengthy absence.

Elland Road academy product Coyle, 21, has been sidelined since early February with an ankle problem.

Manager Garry Monk revealed on Thursday afternoon, as cited by the official Leeds Twitter account, that Coyle has returned to first-team training.

Coyle has made nine appearances for Leeds this season despite missing nearly three months with ankle ligament damage.

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He was a regular member of the matchday squad when he returned to fitness before breaking down for the second time in what has been a stop-start campaign for the youngster.

Meanwhile, Chris Wood is in contention to face Reading after his striker partner Souleymane Doukara revealed the New Zealand international has been training since returning early from international duty.

Monk’s team are fourth in the division ahead of the weekend, with a haul of 69 points from 38 matches as they to nail down a top-six finish that will secure a place in the end-of-season play-offs.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.

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