Leeds United manager Garry Monk has stated that star striker Chris Wood is in contention to return to Championship action against Preston North End on Boxing Day.

The hotshot centre forward is the Elland Road outfit’s top scorer this season but missed the 1-0 win over Brentford last time out.

Despite this, Monk has stated that Wood is making excellent progress in training and could well return to the first-team fold for the crucial clash with Preston on Monday.

“So far so good with Chris Wood, he’s ticked all the boxes and he’s a fit lad but we’ll make sure we never put a player at risk,” the Whites boss told the club’s official website.

Monk also ran the rule over a number of other Leeds players carrying injuries ahead of the clash at Deepdale.

Left-back Charlie Taylor limped out of the win over Brentford, while Pablo Hernandez has been on the fitness trail for a number of weeks – the former Swansea City boss stated that both were in contention to be selected for the Preston clash.

“With Charlie we just have to wrap him up a bit and get him ready for the games,” Monk continued.

“Unfortunately Eunan O’Kane will miss the next two games but we’ll hopefully get him back soon. Lewie Coyle is on his way back, he’s out on the pitches running so it’s important we get all these bodies back into the squad with all the games coming up.

“Pablo Hernandez has been training all week, the Brentford game a bit too soon for him but he’s in contention for the next game.”

Leeds sit in fifth place in the Championship ahead of the action returning on Boxing Day and will hope a positive result against Preston can keep recent momentum rumbling on.

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