Steve Evans coy over plans for Leeds United striker Chris Wood

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Chris Wood has not played for Leeds United since January.

Manager Steve Evans has been coy on Radio Yorkshire, when asked whether Chris Wood will come straight back into Leeds United’s starting line-up for their match against Blackburn Rovers.

Wood has been out injured since January, and his recovery has been a frustrating one so far.

The New Zealand international has taken longer than first expected to return to fitness, but he is on the verge of full health now.

Wood is widely regarded as Leeds’ main striker, but Evans has suggested that he is not guaranteed of a place in the starting line-up.

“I’ve always believed that performances pick the shirts, reputations and transfer fees don’t,” he said.

“But he is our talisman. We have a special player and when you see the players working as hard as they did against Cardiff, you realise that we have a lot of special players.”

Wood will be competing with Souleymane Doukara and Mirco Antenucci for a place in the team, and the pair are both in good form.

Doukara scored in Leeds’ latest 2-0 win over Cardiff City, while Antenucci has netted three goals in his last two outings.

Wood, meanwhile, had scored just once in his last seven appearances for Leeds before picking up the injury.

In Wood’s absence, the Whites’ form has generally been poor, but they have won their last two matches and will be looking to make it three victories in a row at Ewood Park.

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