Leeds United v MK Dons: Striker Wood will be given time to prove his match fitness

Chris Wood celebrates his goal against Derby County.
Chris Wood celebrates his goal against Derby County.
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Leeds United striker Chris Wood is rated 50-50 for Saturday’s clash with MK Dons after a scan on his injured hamstring revealed no serious damage.

Wood was sent for an examination today (Wednesday) having limped out of United’s 2-2 draw with Derby County and head coach Steve Evans is waiting to see if he will recover in time to retain his place this weekend.

The forward scored a second-half header against Derby yesterday, answering recent criticism of his performances and justifying Evans’ decision to keep Wood in his starting line-up.

Evans said: “There’s a very minor strain which probably makes him 50-50 for Saturday. If we had a clear week then it would be no problem but we’ll monitor him over the next 48 hours. The good news is it’s nothing serious.”

Wood had produced one goal in seven games prior to Tuesday but a close-range finish from a Sam Byram cross on 71 minutes briefly gave United a 2-1 lead. He was replaced by Souleymane Doukara four minutes later after complaining of a tight hamstring.

The 24-year-old has been playing as a lone forward for the past month and his absence might force Evans into changing his current formation this weekend.

Speaking after Tuesday’s game, Evans praised Wood’s display saying: “The minute Chris Wood stops getting into goalscoring positions is the time I take him out of the team.

“All strikers have periods where they don’t score goals and miss chances but it wasn’t just his finish. His effort and determination was there in bundles again.”