Steve Evans hails importance of injured Chris Wood, could face Sheffield Wednesday

The Scot has been discussing the 24-year-old Leeds striker.

Steve Evans says Chris Wood might be able to play against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon, according to the club's official website.

And the Leeds United boss feels the New Zealander is 'such a big player' for his side, suggesting the Yorkshire club might not realise what they're missing until he misses a match.

Evans told reporters ahead of Leeds' game against Sheffield Wednesday: "He can play but whether he will or not depends on a test this afternoon.

"He’s done some work this week and we’ll try and get him over the line. He’s such a big player for us and you don’t realise what you’re missing until he’s not there."

Wood is by far Leeds' top scorer in the Championship this season with eight goals to his name. But his impact at Elland Road has been heavily debated by fans, with criticism being aimed at the 24-year-old for his static style of play and lack of mobility.

Mustapha Carayol's arrival at United should certainly help the target man out. Carayol, signed on loan from Middlesbrough by Evans, thrived on his debut for Leeds and could be capable of producing good service for Wood from the right-hand side, with Stuart Dallas crossing in from the opposite wing.

Leeds lost their last league match 2-1 at Ipswich Town but were previously unbeaten for several weeks, with Sheffield Wednesday hosting the Whites during Saturday's early kick-off.

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