Leeds United must be worried about Chris Wood's 7,500 mile round trip next week

Chris Wood of Leicester City

The striker has been named captain for New Zealand's game with Oman.

This summer Leeds United invested a major amount of their cash reserves on Leicester City striker Chris Wood.

When they did so they knew there was a risk to his signature - he is the current star captain of the New Zealand national football team.

The All Whites have now named the Leeds striker as the stand-in captain for their next fixture against Oman in the absence of the injured West Ham defender Winston Reid.

That game will take place in Muscat next Thursday, with Muscat a 7,500 mile round trip from Manchester - where Wood and many other English-based Kiwis will likely fly from. They will also have to stop in either the UAE or Qatar. Direct long-haul flights do not operate to Muscat, only regionals.

Leeds then take on Rotherham United a little over a week later.

That gives Wood a week to recover, which sounds like plenty of time, but at the moment Leeds fans would likely wish Wood was staying at home.

The striker has been in mixed form recently. Steve Evans said yesterday he has been carrying a foot injury, another reason the club would not want him playing in Oman in six days time, but Wood's performances need to improve.

The positive to take from this is that Wood might bag a goal for his country against Oman. That would be a real confidence boost and leave him flying high ahead of the Rotherham game upon his return.

Just as long as he doesn't return injured, Leeds should be alright.

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