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Steve Evans jokingly suggests Leeds player’s desperation

Leeds United will take on Rotherham United in the Championship on Saturday.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has explained to The Yorkshire Evening Post how keen Chris Wood is to start this weekend.

Wood, who joined Leeds from Premier League outfit Leicester City in the summer of 2015, has not started a competitive match since the end of January due to injury problems.

The New Zealand international striker is fit and available for the Whites’ Championship game against Rotherham United away from home at the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Evans has joked just how desperate the 24-year-old is to be included in Leeds’s starting lineup against Rotherham.

“Chris has been walking backwards and forwards past my office for the last two hours,” Evans jokingly told The Yorkshire Evening Post. “He must be trying to put himself in my thoughts!

“But I called him up, had 10 minutes with him and you could see the focus. He’s ready if selected. He’s used a difficult time when he was a bit down to get himself in super condition.

“He played in a practice match on Tuesday and said it’s the best he’s been in a long time. I don’t need to tell people the condition he’s in because any one of the people in the New York Stadium will see it on Saturday.”

Wood has scored eight goals and created 26 chances in 26 Championship appearances for Leeds so far this season.

The former West Bromwich Albion striker has a pass accuracy of 61% and a shot accuracy of 40%, and has won 71 headers, six dribbles and six tackles.

Leeds are 13th in the Championship table at the moment with 47 points from 37 matches.

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