Wood’s emo­tional re­turn

Waikato Times - - Sport -

All White Chris Wood is set for an ‘‘emo­tional’’ re­turn to King Power Sta­dium to­mor­row.

The Burn­ley striker, who made more than 50 ap­pear­ances for Le­ices­ter City dur­ing a two-year spell at the club, will take on the Foxes in their first home game since the death of owner Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be a day filled with emo­tion,’’ said Wood, who broke a 10-game goal-scor­ing drought when he net­ted in Burn­ley’s last match against West Ham.

‘‘Vichai was a great, re­spected per­son, both at the club and Le­ices­ter in gen­eral. There will be a lot of emo­tion around the game and we’ll have to deal with that.’’

Wood said he was dev­as­tated to learn that Sri­vad­dhanaprabha, an ex­tremely pop­u­lar fig­ure at the Premier League club, had died along with four other peo­ple when his he­li­copter crashed out­side King Power Sta­dium late last month.

‘‘It def­i­nitely hit me,’’ he said. ‘‘He was a man that talked to every­body, he got to know every­body and he was a fam­ily man. He’d do any­thing for you.’’

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