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Wood: 'It Hits Home For Me'

Clarets striker expects emotional Leicester return but will be ready for action

9 November 2018

Chris Wood is preparing for an emotional return to Leicester City.

But the former Foxes’ frontman knows he will also have a job to do as the Clarets look to kick-start a revival.

Wood spent two-and-a-half seasons as a Leicester player – getting to know City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was one of five people who lost their lives in a fatal helicopter crash adjacent to the King Power Stadium a fortnight ago.

The 2016 Premier League champions return to play at home for the first time since the tragedy when they face Burnley on Saturday.

And Wood – part of the City team that won promotion to the top flight in 2014 – is expecting a poignant afternoon.

He said: “It’s going to be day full of emotion, both on and off the pitch, for everyone involved.

“It hits home a bit more for me because I was there for two-and-a-half years and knew the owner quite well.

“The amount of things the family and Vichai have done over the years to improve and help the city is huge and there’s a big respect for them.

“The family went over and beyond for anybody and did all they could to help their team, their club and the city.”

Burnley will pay their own respects as part of the tributes planned by Leicester around the game.

But come three o’clock it will be down to business as Sean Dyche’s men look to end a run of three successive defeats, which continued with a 4-2 loss at West Ham United last Saturday when two late goals killed off the Clarets.

Wood came off the bench to score his first Premier League goal of the season at the London Stadium and almost equalised for a second time with a header that skimmed off the top of the crossbar.

And last season’s leading scorer believes the Clarets can cope with a unique set of circumstances to bounce back to form and get some valuable points on the board.

“From warm-ups and kick-off we need to be switched on and ready,” Wood added.

Wood's goal in April helped secure a vital win over Leicester on route to Europe 

“We know there are going to be a lot of things happening, and rightly so with the respect for what he (Srivaddhanaprabha) did and the owner he was.

“But come the 90 minutes we need to be ready as a team.

“There have been signs and we need to focus on the good signs, take the positives and build on them and bring in the collective mentality of Burnley of old and what we were doing so well last year.

“We need to bring that back into our play. We are going along that way, we just need to make sure it happens for a full 90 minutes.

“It would be nice to get a positive result, although it’s not the be-all and end-all and we have to remember that.

“We have got two full weeks to get things right if we needed to. But we would like to go there and get a positive result, so we can go into the international break with a little bit of a smile.”

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