Leeds United boss Steve Evans admits that Chris Wood’s injury spells this season have hurt the club’s results and performances.

Wood’s goal against Queens Park Rangers in the 1-1 draw on Tuesday night was his first for Leeds since December, and his ninth this season, making him the joint top scorer for the club in the 2015/16 campaign.

The New Zealand international has played very little football since the turn of the year, and has been out of action for the club in two different spells because of his recurring hamstring problems.

Wood has worked on his fitness in the past few weeks, and the Leeds boss is hoping that the forward finishes the season well to help Leeds finish closer to the Championship top ten.

The Leeds boss laments the fact that since his arrival in October he has not managed to utilise Wood’s ability as much as he would have loved to because of the striker’s injury spells and admits that they have hurt the club this season.  


On a big end to the season from Wood, Evans said in a press conference: “We certainly hope so.

“Since I have become head coach of Leeds United, I have played more games without Chris Wood, than I have with Chris Wood, which is a real shame.

“Big Chris Wood was a big signing for this football club back in the summer and for all the right reasons, and for him to miss two spells for a length of time, hurt the team and the results.

“I thought he led the line really well the other night, and I would like to improve the quality of service to him.”

Wood is expected to lead the line again on Saturday when Leeds visit Turf Moor to take on Burnley.