Leeds star admits pain of injury absence, discusses whether he feels he is back to his best

Chris Wood admits it was tough being on the sidelines but says he finally feels up to speed again after a recent run of games.

Leeds United striker Chris Wood has told the club's official website that he feels he is finally getting back to his best after his injury troubles this season following a run of unbroken games.

The New Zealand international missed the majority of January through injury earlier this year, and though he looked to have shaken off his issue when he returned as a substitute against Bristol City, he lasted just 19 minutes of his first start back in action in the draw with Brentford on 26 January after pulling up with a hamstring problem.

That complaint ruled him out for the best part of two months, and he only returned in mid-March, being limited to substitute appearances by Steve Evans until the start of April.

However, the 24-year-old has played the full 90 minutes in each of the club's last five matches, scoring three goals in that time including a brace in Saturday's 3-2 win over Reading at Elland Road.

Those goals took Wood's tally for the season to 11, making him the club's top goalscorer despite his hampered season, and the striker admitted to the club's official website his relief at seemingly putting his injury troubles behind him.

Wood said: "It’s hard being injured. It’s been a stop-start season – I’ve missed 10 weeks of the season, which hasn’t been nice. Being out for so long and having to come back has been difficult, it’s taken me a couple of games to get up to speed.

"That was always going to be the case after a long period out [but] I feel good and now I feel up to speed. I’ve had five games on the trot now where I’ve played 90 minutes and the legs seem to be holding up alright.

"Hopefully we can all have a good end to the season, that’s what we’re doing. We want to put some smiles back on faces. We all want to be playing well and creating a show on the pitch and winning games. That’s what it’s all about."

Evans will be relieved to have his main man in attack back fit and firing, with Mirco Antenucci having suffered from inconsistent form throughout the campaign, and Souleymane Doukara currently serving an eight-match ban for biting an opponent.

Inspired by Wood's brace, the Whites' win over Reading was their second victory on the spin and lifted them up to 12th in the table as they look to secure a top-half finish.

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