Garry Monk has confirmed the return of both top goalscorer Chris Wood and defender Luke Ayling for Saturdays home fixture against Queens Park Rangers, in his press conference on Friday afternoon.
The duo missed the trip to Fulham this week; Chris Wood because of a calf strain and Luke Ayling because of family commitments with him becoming a father less than 48hours before the game. Monk stated ‘Chris and Luke’s situations are what they were, but both have trained and will be available on Saturday’. Wood picked up his injury in last weeks impressive 3-1 away win at Birmingham City and Monk chose to rest the Championship top goal scorer as a precaution.
Both players were missed for last Tuesdays trip to the capital, however arguably the absence of the New Zealander proved to be a bigger miss. With Gaetano Berardi filling in Ayling’s place at right back and Charlie Taylor returning to the side at left back, the defence problem caused by the absence was resolved. Monk also chose to replace Wood with Souleymane Doukara, who has seen plenty of action on the left side of midfield recently.
With Wood missing up top, United were restricted to just seven shots in the game, compared to Fulham’s twenty-three, and only provided two attempts on target. Although Alfonso Pedraza hit the post late on for The Whites, the usual spark in attack was missing- and United’s only goal came through an early comical Tim Ream own goal, slicing a quickly taken Kyle Bartley free kick past the stranded David Button in the Fulham net.
However, with the return of two important Leeds players will hopefully see The Whites back to winning ways at home to QPR this Saturday, and create more of an attacking threat during the game.