Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford is fit to start for the Whites against Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The 25-year-old No. 9 scored his fourth goal in his last four games when he notched the winner against Bristol City at Ashton Gate last time out. However, he also picked up a little knock against the Robins when he collided with the post. He was ultimately unable to complete the 90 minutes, which raised concerns that he’d be unable to face the Royals in mid-week.
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However, in his press conference on Monday, which the Yorkshire Evening Post have provided a recording of, Marcelo Bielsa confirmed that the forward is fit and that he would be in the starting line-up on Tuesday.
Bamford’s availability is a major boost for Leeds, as the Whites’ squad options in this part of the pitch are thin on the ground. Having the Englishman ready to play Reading gives Bielsa’s side’s chances of victory a significant lift.
However, as the Championship run in draws nearer, with Leeds still in the thick of the title race, the return of Kemar Roofe becomes a matter of ever-greater urgency.
The 26-year-old is the Whites’ top scorer this season, with 14 league strikes under his belt. However, he has been out of action with injury since mid-February. Since then, Bamford has done a good job of covering for Roofe, but with so much football to come, with the pressure on, Bielsa needs to have the option to rotate and change up his strikeforce as required.
In his press conference, as reported by respected journalist Phil Hay, Bielsa announced that Roofe’s recovery is progressing well, but gave no timeframe for the forward’s return.
Bielsa said Roofe and Forshaw are progressing well but didn’t give a timescale for them returning from injury. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) 11 March 2019
Bamford alone is not enough. Until the No. 7 is back in action then Leeds’ resources will continue to be stretched up front, which could have disastrous consequences for the Yorkshire club’s campaign.