Leeds United are going through one of the worst injury crisis‘ the Premier League has seen so far this season, and although they seem to be over the worst with key players returning to training, Marcelo Bielsa faces a dilemma with bringing players back at the right time.
Bielsa spoke in a press conference yesterday ahead of the game against Burnley on Sunday, to put huge doubt on the selection of Patrick Bamford in the line up for the upcoming game due to lack of training;
“This is the fourth week since Patrick’s injury,” said the Argentine manager.
“Patrick is healthy but he hasn’t played for four weeks now.
“That puts him into doubt the convenience of him playing because of not doing any football training sessions.”
Bamford did speak out on Thursday to tease fans of the potential to see him back in action on Sunday, but with Bielsa’s comments yesterday it would be surprising to see the striker back in the starting line up at Elland Road tomorrow.
It is no surprise that the Leeds manager is seemingly apprehensive about starting the forward this weekend due to the plague of injuries in the squad, rushing Bamford back into games could be a huge risk to his fitness, especially after the comments from Bielsa confirming his lack of training sessions.
Fans will obviously be gutted because they are well aware of the impact the 28 year old has on the side, and will be keen to get the prolific goal scorer back into action due to the vulnerable position Leeds United find themselves in, in the league right now.
One fan tweeted with hope that the Leeds star striker, would be back for the clash tomorrow, along with many other players;
“If we don’t have 4/5 players back for the Burnley game I’ll be disappointed, am thinking Strujik, Bamford, Harrison, Rodrigo, Llorente James, make that 6 then”
The Whites have the opportunity to put a gap between themselves and relegation battling Burnley on Sunday, with a win extending their gap with the drop zone by 8 points, which means that this game is really important for the side and could be a really crucial win for them going into the second half of the season.
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