STRIKER Chris Wood is likely to be fit to face Championship hosts Bolton Wanderers tomorrow after recovering from ‘locking out’ his ankle in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Fulham.
Wood bagged Evans his first point as Whites head coach when netting a 64th-minute penalty at Craven Cottage but the striker was then subbed six minutes later after falling awkwardly on his ankle.
But Evans revealed that Wood had quickly returned to training at Thorp Arch yesterday and hinted he would follow Liam Cooper in making a swift return to the side.
Cooper looked to be heading for a spell on the sidelines after limping off with a knee injury at the end of last Saturday’s 2-1 loss at home to Brighton but came straight back into the side at Fulham.
And Evans also believes his own positive way of thinking is helping his players make a quicker recovery than might have been expected.
Asked what shape Wood was in at this morning’s Thorp Arch press conference, Evans said: “Chris Wood is good. He was in on Thursday and I think his ankle just locked out when he came down from a high challenge.
“There’s a lot of tenacity in the squad, a lot of fighting spirit and there’s a lot of big characters and it’s my job to get people in positive frames of mind.
“I think possibly if I wasn’t manager would Liam Cooper have been fit for Fulham? Maybe, maybe not but I’m going to back myself and say maybe not.
“But I’m a positive guy, I would rather people were trying to be fit, trying to get on the pitch for this football club and trying to keep your shirt.
“If you’ve not got your shirt there’s a chance somebody else might grab it.”
Leeds will still be without left-back Charlie Taylor this weekend with the defender still two weeks away from making a return from a virus.