Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that both Alex Mowatt and Chris Wood are nearing returns, but he won't risk them too early.
Leeds made it seven games without a defeat on Saturday, as they drew 1-1 at home with MK Dons. Robert Hall's opener cancelled out by a comical Anthony Kay own goal, leaving Leeds 13th in the Championship table, nine points adrift of the play-offs and 11 points clear of the relegation zone.
It promises to be an intriguing month for Leeds as Evans chases new signings, but he could be offered a boost with the return of two current Elland Road stars.
Midfielder Alex Mowatt missed the Christmas period with a groin injury, whilst striker Chris Wood picked up a hamstring injury against Derby County last week, with Souleymane Doukara taking his place up front against MK Dons on Saturday.
Now, Evans is preparing to take on his former club Rotherham United in the FA Cup this weekend, and gave an update on Mowatt and Wood's injury status.
Evans told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he is operating a 'no-risk policy' on both players, before stating that Mowatt should be in training with the Whites today, and hopes Wood will be back by the end of the week, putting them both in contention to face Rotherham.
"It’s a no-risks policy with both of them," said Evans. "They’re important players and players we don’t want to be without. There’ve been times in the last few weeks when they’ve been missed but they need to recover fully."
"The medical staff are well on top of all this and young Alex should be back with the group tomorrow. We’re hopeful that Chris will be involved by the end of the week," he added.