Injured Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford could play again this season
Injured Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford could play again this season despite initial fears he would miss the remainder of the campaign.
The Whites claimed on Sunday that the 28-year-old would be ruled out for at least six weeks after rupturing a ligament in his foot.
If that diagnosis was accurate then the one-time England international would likely miss the remainder of the season and play no further part in Leeds’ survival bid.
But the Mirror are reporting that Jesse Marsch’s number nine could be back in action by early to mid-May if he recovers in the same vein his teammates Rodrigo and Pascal Struijk did, who both suffered similar injuries.
Patrick Bamford could still have a role to play
With eight games to go, back-to-back Premier League victories for just the second time this season has meant Leeds are eight points clear of the relegation places.
There is an outside chance that Bamford could return in Leeds’ final three games against Arsenal on May 7, Brighton on May 15 and Brentford on May 22.
Marsch will hope the Whites have already guaranteed their Premier League status before Bamford’s potential return, but if Leeds do need a result from either of the remaining games, having their talismanic figure back available would be a massive boost.
Its been an injury-plagued season for Bamford who hasn’t completed 90 minutes in the Premier League since September.
After scoring 17 Premier League goals last season, Bamford’s fitness woes have had a massive impact on Leeds’ threadbare squad.
His injury struggles have also significantly damaged his prospects of getting into Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad after making his senior debut for the Three Lions in September.
But Patrick Bamford’s short-term focus will be on returning to fitness and providing Leeds United with a timely boost if required.
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