Leeds United hopeful Chris Wood will be fit for Sheffield Wednesday derby date

STEVE EVANS is hoping Chris Wood makes his return to action this weekend after opting not to gamble on the striker's fitness for the defeat at Ipswich Town.
Leeds United's Chris Wood. Picture: Tony JohnsonLeeds United's Chris Wood. Picture: Tony Johnson
Leeds United's Chris Wood. Picture: Tony Johnson

Wood is bidding to put himself in contention for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at Sheffield Wednesday, having missed Leeds United’s last three games with a hamstring strain.

The forward sustained a minor injury during last month’s 2-2 draw with Derby County and has not featured since.

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Evans is hopeful that Wood will recover in time to strengthen his hand ahead of a trip to Hillsborough which United’s head coach said Leeds had to win.

The Elland Road club slipped 12 points back from the Championship play-offs after their defeat at Portman Road.

Evans said: “Was he (Wood) close? No, not really. It was maybe 60-40 and if we were two games away from the end of the season then we could have played him.

“The medical staff have worked him really hard so we’ll see what reaction he’s got and, if he’s come through his hard work, he’ll be fit for Saturday. If he’s still feeling it, then it might be a problem.”

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Evans said that Tom Adeyemi’s absence from the last two squads was a “form issue,” saying the Cardiff loanee had looked “sloppy and a bit laboured”.

Evans admitted a poor display at Ipswich had again highlighted the need for new signings.

Leeds have secured Sunderland’s Liam Bridcutt and Middlesbrough’s Mustapha Carayol on loan in this window but Norwich City are refusing to discuss a temporary deal for striker Kyle Lafferty.

Celtic will attempt to kill United’s interest in midfielder Tom Rogic by offering the Australia international a new deal.

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Evans said: “We’ve got some good players here, we know that, but we need to get some quality into the club.

“We’ve been close with a couple. It’s frustrating because we’re trying to sign better players and better players normally come from better levels.

“Therefore, it’s up to other people behind me to try and sometimes get them through. Everyone knows we need to improve the quality.”