Leeds assistant Paul Raynor gives update on Alex Mowatt and Chris Wood's situations

Alex Mowatt could return to the Leeds squad in the coming days, but Chris Wood isn't ready yet.

Leeds United assistant manager Paul Raynor has told the Yorkshire Post that Alex Mowatt will play against Sheffield United Under-21's on Friday.

The Whites, who lost 1-0 at home to Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon, face Middlesbrough on Monday evening as they look to get back to winning ways at Elland Road.

It will be a tough task against Aitor Karanka's title challengers, especially considering that Leeds lost 3-0 in the previous game between the two teams back in September - but Steve Evans could be handed a major boost in the coming days.

Midfielder Alex Mowatt has been out of action since the 16th of January, but the 20-year-old may finally be set for a return to the Leeds side.

Leeds assistant Paul Raynor has told the Yorkshire Post that Mowatt will in fact play for Leeds Under-21's against Sheffield United on Friday, and if he comes through that game unscathed, he may play a part against Middlesbrough on Monday evening.

Raynor also talked about Chris Wood's situation, with the New Zealand international out injured too following a setback against Brentford last month, but claims that he isn't ready to return just yet, with Leeds looking to avoid any re-occurrence of his injury. 

"Alex has had a few days’ training now and he will play some part of the under-21s game tomorrow which will be good," said Raynor. "He certainly won’t play all of it, but it will be good to get him back out there. We could have probably pushed him to play a part against Forest but as we saw with the Chris Wood situation with him breaking down, we err on the side of caution. He has trained very well this week, he will play some part and it will be good to have Alex back available again," he added.

"With Chris, the gaffer has spoken about time-scales with him and we have really got to be very careful with Chris. We certainly don’t want a recurrence of the problem we had at Brentford. I don’t think we rushed him back, it was just one of those things and it was actually a problem lower down in the hamstring, it wasn’t actually the originally injury. But obviously it puts some tension on to that area so we are really going to have err on the side of caution with that and we certainly don’t want a recurrence of that," he added.

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