Leeds United confident striker Chris Wood will feature against Reading

Chris Wood in action during the 2-0 win over Brighton
Chris Wood in action during the 2-0 win over Brighton
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HEAD coach Garry Monk is "very confident" that Leeds United's top scorer Chris Wood will be fit for Saturday evening's Championship clash at fifth-placed Reading.

Wood flew home to England early whilst on international duty with New Zealand after picking up a knock in Saturday’s Oceania World Cup Qualifier against Fiji.

But New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson then stated that there were no serious problems with the forward who had been released as a precaution only.

Speaking at Thursday afternoon's Thorp Arch press conference, Monk confirmed that Wood's injury was "nothing serious" and that he expected the striker to be fine to face the Royals.

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Monk also revealed that right back Lewie Coyle is back in training after his foot injury, leaving suspended right back Luke Ayling and young full back Tyler Denton as his only absentees for Reading.

Garry Monk

Garry Monk

Denton is recovering from a knee injury and will be out for another three weeks.

Monk explained: "Chris came back with a knock - obviously from the game.

"We have been assessing him and we are confident that he will be fine and available for the weekend's game.

"All of the international players have returned and have been training this week.

"Coyley is also back out of the injury room so everyone is ready to go."

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Asked exactly what type of knock Wood had experienced, Monk explained: "It's just the bumps and bruises you get from the game.

"It was an early knock, a collision on him on his leg.

"But it's nothing serious and we are very confident that he will be fine and ready to go for the weekend."

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