READING striker Yann Kermorgant has controversially lit the fuse ahead of Saturday’s Championship showdown with promotion rivals Leeds United by stating that the Whites are effectively a one-man team who are overly reliant on top-scorer Chris Wood.
United’s 27-goal striker is being monitored by medical staff ahead of the televised tea-time game at the Madejski Stadium against the fifth-placed Royals after being sent home early from international duty with New Zealand due to injury.
Wood sustained a heavy knock in the Kiwi’s 2-0 win over Fiji on Saturday and was ruled out of his nation’s second World Cup qualifier with the Fijians in Wellington on Tuesday.
New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson has played down fears that Championship player-of-the-year nominee Wood has suffered a significant injury, but the Whites still face an anxious wait to see if their star forward will take the field in Berkshire.
Meanwhile, Kermorgant has derided Leeds as an attacking force with ‘no plan B’ in the potential absence of Wood.
And he has also scoffed at United’s playing style in comments harkening back to chants of ‘boring, boring Reading’ from Leeds fans in the reverse fixture in December.
Chris Wood has scored nearly all of Leeds’ goals this season. If he gets injured, they have no plan B.Yann Kermorgant
Wood came off injured after 33 minutes of that Elland Road clash, but not before finding the net, with Reading failing to make inroads in his absence en route to a 2-0 defeat.
Kermorgant, who has revealed plans to retire at the end of next season, said: “Chris Wood has scored nearly all of Leeds’ goals this season. If he gets injured, they have no plan B. As a striker, I always want more goals, but as long as we get a result, I am happy.
“Some teams might think we’re boring but we might think they are boring playing long balls.”