Chris Wood's latest Leeds absence gives Mirco Antenucci the perfect chance to shine

Elland Road East Stand

Leeds United are a striker light for the next fortnight.

Much was made of Leeds United’s striker options both during and after the January transfer window, with some Whites fans feeling their side missed a trick not adding another front-man before the door slammed shut on Monday.

Thankfully for Leeds, the emergency loan window is just around the corner, but whatever happens in that regard two players are becoming increasingly important for the club as they bid to climb up the table in the coming weeks.

Summer signing Chris Wood was expected to score the goals that would help Leeds mount a promotion push this season. However, the New Zealand international has blown hot and cold, scoring just eight goals in 26 appearances and suffering minor injury problems in recent weeks.

The latest setback comes this week, after Evans confirmed to LUTV that he would be without Wood for around two weeks with a hamstring injury.”

“We’ve had the result of his scan so he is going to be missing for a couple of weeks,” Evans said. Whether we can have him out there for Watford, we’ll see leading up to that game.”

Whatever the case, Wood’s niggles suggest there was never any chance of Mirco Antenucci leaving Leeds in January, with the Italian and the in-form Souleymane Doukara now the two main men at Elland Road.

Doukara has flourished under Evans but Antenucci has been used mostly as a substitute in recent weeks.

However, Wood’s absence means the 31-year-old has the chance to add to his five goals this season.

Antenucci proved in the previous campaign what an important player he can be, and all the time Wood’s fitness is in doubt Evans will be grateful to have such a forward in reserve.

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