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Steve Evans gives Leeds injury update, one key star to return but another doubtful

The Whites boss says that although Chris Wood should return to his squad this weekend, Liam Cooper may not be fit enough to feature.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has given an injury update to ahead of this weekend's trip to Blackburn Rovers, confirming that Chris Wood should be fit to return but admitting there is still a doubt over Liam Cooper, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Top scorer Wood has missed the Whites' last eight matches through injury, and Evans had said that if the striker did not make it back for the midweek victory over Cardiff then he should be fit enough to take part at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Cooper missed the 2-0 victory over Cardiff in midweek after picking up a hamstring problem and it appears to be far from certain that the centre-back will recover in time for Saturday's trip to Ewood Park.

Evans confirmed that Wood, along with midfielder Lewie Coyle, should be ready to return to action this weekend, but admitted that the medical team still have some concern over Cooper's fitness.

Evans told reporters, as quoted by the YEP: "Unless we have something happen between now and Saturday morning then Chris Wood will be in the 18 at Ewood Park and we are looking forward to having him back.

"He’s a big player for Leeds United, he’s a big player for me as a head coach and I think my wall has no more paint on it to scratch off counting down the days.

"If there’s anybody with maybe a shadow of a doubt it might be Liam but I’m still hopeful he will be available for selection. Again, it was a soft tissue muscle injury and we just have to be 100 per cent sure."

Cooper has been an important player in defence for the Whites this season, missing just four of the club's 35 Championship matches so far this campaign.

Meanwhile, Wood's return for the first time since late January will come as a huge boost for the Whites, despite Mirco Antenucci's match-winning brace in the Welsh capital earlier this week.

Leeds are currently 15th in the Championship ahead of this weekend's fixtures.

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