Leeds hit by fresh Bamford blow

Jesse Marsch

Leeds United have been hit by an injury blow in their quest to stay in the Premier League after they confirmed Patrick Bamford will miss at least six weeks of action due to a foot injury (Leeds – 3/1 to be relegated).

The 28-year-old striker has endured a stop-start season for the Whites, suffering ankle, hamstring and foot injuries along the way.

He recently returned to the starting XI for the wins over Norwich City and Wolves, but during the 3-2 success over the latter he was forced off with a foot problem.

Scans have since shown he has ruptured a ligament in his foot, but the England international will not require surgery.

Confirming the news, Leeds’ Head of Medicine and Performance Rob Price said: “As all of the stats show, Patrick has put his body on the line for Leeds United for a number of seasons, he has played with a plantar fascia injury for the last 12 months, and despite treatment and a prolonged period of rehabilitation, the injury has progressed from a partial tear to a full rupture.

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“Patrick has been incredibly unlucky this year; his game time has been limited by different injuries, including an ankle injury sustained at Newcastle and hamstring and quad injuries once back in training and matchday squads.

“What he needs is a period of rest and rehabilitation to allow his body to fully recover.”

While the news of Bamford’s injury will be a shot in the arm for the likes of Norwich, Burnley, Watford, Everton and Newcastle United in the relegation battle, Leeds have confirmed that Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente have all trained this week ahead of Saturday’s contest with Southampton (Leeds 11/8, Draw 5/2, Southampton 9/5 – match result).

As a result of Bamford being ruled out again, Elland Road head coach Jesse Marsch will now need to tinker with his tactics ahead of the final eight games of the campaign.

The Whites currently have a seven-point cushion over 18th-placed Watford, but all four teams below them have games in hand, with Everton having played three matches less than the Yorkshire outfit.

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