Reliable journalist provides Leeds update on Wood, states chances of playing v Reading
By Will Butcher
Phil Hay has revealed that Leeds are hopeful that Chris Wood will be able to partake in Saturday’s showdown against play-off rivals Reading.
Wood, 25, picked up an injury while on international duty with New Zealand, as he received a late tackle during the 2-0 win over Fiji which has forced him to come home early.
Now, Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay revealed on his personal Twitter account that Leeds are optimistic he will be fit enough for Saturday’s trip to the Madjeski Stadium.
Hay reported that Leeds will assess Wood upon his return to Yorkshire, after the striker missed New Zealand’s reverse fixture against Fiji on Tuesday in order to travel back to Elland Road.
Information Leeds have is that Wood has a minor knock. Hopeful of being fit for Saturday but will be assessed when he returns. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) March 28, 2017
Garry Monk will be desperate to play his best available side against Reading on Saturday, in a match that could have huge importance in the play-off race come May.
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Wood, who is the Championship’s top scorer, is regarded as one of Monk’s most important players after scoring 27 goals in all competitions and firing Leeds to fourth place.
It is unclear what injury the former Leicester striker has sustained, after falling victim to a late tackle from behind during the 2018 World Cup qualifying win over Fiji.
Wood will be hoping to start against Jaap Stam’s Royals, with a win enough to take Leeds into third if Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield lose to Burton Albion on Saturday.
In other Leeds news, fans have reacted on Twitter to the new regarding Wood’s potential injury.