Steve Evans confirms Chris Wood is fit, but will not be risked against Bolton Wanderers

The New Zealand international has been out of action since January.

Leeds United fans hoping to see their marquee striker in action this weekend are again set to be left disappointed as Steve Evans confirmed in his pre-match press conference today that Chris Wood would once again be out of action this week.

The New Zealand striker was expected to be back for the tie with Bolton Wanderers but the Leeds boss has now confirmed that the Kiwi will not be present.

In his press conference, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, he confirmed that Wood had recovered from his injury problems but that he had been advised to give him another week off.

He stated:

"The medical staff tell me the risk of playing him against Bolton is high. We can't risk that."

Wood has not featured for Leeds since January after suffering with a hamstring problem and then a sickness bug.

His return was expected v Bolton but it seems that the fear of him pulling up lame again, as he did against Brentford in January, is too high to throw him back in.

Leeds have been struggling for goals recently, with just one in their last five fixtures, so the return of Wood might have been a big boost for the club.

However the club's medical staff clearly believes one more week off could be key to ensuring he stays for the long-haul.

He is expected to be back for the Cardiff City game next Tuesday.

In better news on the injury front Stuart Dallas will be fit for the game with Bolton after missing the defeat to Brighton.

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