Massimo Cellino gives injury update on Leeds United's Chris Wood, contingency plan

Chris Wood of Leicester City

Leeds boss Massimo Cellino says Chris Wood is just sidelined as a precaution.

Massimo Cellino has allayed fears over Chris Wood's fitness, explaining why he was left out of the team against Middlesbrough.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, Cellino said he felt Wood could have aggravated the ailment which kept him out of the 3-0 defeat at The Riverside.

He said: "Thank God I touch wood, he is not injured. Just a little bit painful, and we prefer, our rules, if someone is a risk, don't play him.

"Because if you play him you lose him for maybe two months. We give that chance for other players to play."

Leeds spent £3 million to sign Chris Wood from Leicester City in the summer, and he has been a key figure in leading their attack, with a memorable winner against Derby County the highlight.

Mirco Antenucci is a capable stand-in, and should have had a goal against 'Boro, only to see his striker controversially disallowed with Leeds just two down.

Asked about what he would do if a key player like Wood suffered a longer term injury, Cellino was clear.

He said: "If someone gets injured, we go in the market we buy another one."

Fortunately for Leeds it does not sound as though the New Zealand international has a knock to worry about, but it is re-assuring to know that should the worst happen, Cellino is ready to step up to ensure the team remain on course for their goal of a top 10 finish.

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