Leeds United manager Garry Monk has confirmed that only Tyler Denton is unavailable for the Championship clash with Reading on Saturday evening, while stating that he is confident that star striker Chris Wood will play in the fixture.

Whites fans were shocked at the news that their attacking talisman picked up an injury while on international duty with New Zealand, with it believed that the number nine was a doubt for the trip to the Madejski Stadium.

However, Monk has stated that Lewie Coyle has returned to training while the general prognosis on Wood was positive going into the mouth-watering fixture.

“We have been training well this week and the boys have returned from international duty,” the Elland Road chief told the club’s official website.

“Lewie Coyle is back in training as well, which is a boost and good for the squad, only Tyler Denton remains injured.

“Chris Wood came back with a knock, we will continue to assess and monitor him, but we are confident he will be available for Saturday’s game.

“These breaks come and it is the same for every club, we have continued to put our best work in, to try and give us the best chance of coming out of it well on the other side.

“We were seven games unbeaten going into the break and we want to try and continue that, I’m sure our focus will be the same and we are ready for these next eight games.”

Leeds sit in fourth place in the Championship standings ahead of Saturday’s trip south, while Reading are in fifth, two points behind their opponents.

Both sides have ambitions of finishing in the top six this season and gaining a shot at potential promotion to the Premier League through the playoffs.

There is no love lost between the sides ahead of the game, with a number of negative comments coming out of the Reading camp ahead of the fixture.


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