Marsch upbeat on Bamford return

Jesse Marsch

Leeds United (3/1 To Be Relegated) boss Jesse Marsch is optimistic the season is not yet over for injured striker Patrick Bamford.

The England forward has endured a torrid time with injuries this season, and suffered another setback in the 3-2 win over Wolves after rupturing a ligament in his foot.

Speaking to the press on Thursday, Marsch provided an update on Bamford’s injury and is optimistic the forward could feature in Leeds’ final two games of the season against Brighton and Brentford.

“Upon visiting some experts, they’ve actually said that it’s the best thing that could have happened to him long term, which is a funny thing to say, but it relieved a lot of the the pressure and the stress and the pain that he had in that area and he’s actually already feeling better than he felt before,” Marsch said.

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He added: “I think the six weeks [prognosis] means that I think he can be available for the last two matches. We’ll have to wait and see exactly how everything goes. But like I said, he already says he’s walking better, feeling better, pain free, which he wasn’t for the last, I don’t know, six months, four months, so we’re optimistic and hopeful.”

Marsch also confirmed skipper Liam Cooper and midfielder Kalvin Phillips are both available to start on Saturday when Leeds play hosts to Southampton (Leeds United 11/8, Draw 5/2, Southampton 9/5 – Match Betting).

The pair have been out on the sidelines since the start of December when picking up injuries in the 2-2 draw with Brentford.

Meanwhile, Brazil international Raphinha has recovered from Covid-19 and is also available for the clash with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side this weekend.

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