Chris Wood is expected to play in a behind-closed-doors friendly today as Leeds United tune up his fitness for the start of the Championship season.
United have arranged a training-ground fixture against Notts County ahead of their last public pre-season match and they are likely to give their £3m striker a run-out after watching him come through Saturday’s clash with Hoffenheim in Norway.
Leeds were forced to pull Wood out of previous games against Eintracht Frankfurt and York City due to a minor hamstring problem, leading head coach Uwe Rosler to admit that the 23-year-old would not be “100 per cent” ready for the first game of the Championship term at home to Burnley on August 8. But the forward’s 80-minute outing against Hoffenheim put him firmly in contention, with Rosler describing it as the “perfect test”, and an appearance against the Magpies will sharpen him up for the beginning of the term.
“We’ve got an internal game (today) where we’ll get another 90 minutes into certain players,” Rosler said.
Wood is United’s biggest signing of the summer to date having joined from Leicester City for a fee which could rise to £3m.
Despite his fitness concerns, Rosler was confident that Wood would be available for the opening day of the season, saying: “He’ll maybe not be 100 per cent but he’ll be in a position where he is match fit.”