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Leeds: Jesse Marsch handed late injury boost ahead of Brentford

Leeds United have been handed a late boost ahead of their Premier League meeting with Brentford on Sunday afternoon.

What’s the latest?

Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday (via Leeds Live), Jesse Marsch revealed that Patrick Bamford – who has not featured since March due to a foot injury – has looked impressive in training this week, with the manager adding that he is hopeful that the 28-year-old will be available for the trip to west London.

Regarding the centre-forward’s current condition, the 48-year-old said: “Patrick Bamford has looked really good this week. We still haven’t made a final decision on exactly where he’ll stand for the moment on Sunday, but he had a day off today, inside to recuperate effectively, but we’re hopeful that we can make the decision in the next couple of days that we can make him available for minutes on Sunday.”

When asked what he needed to see from Bamford in order to select the England international for his 20-man matchday squad, Marsch added: “More than anything that we’re not risking him at any level. At the moment I don’t believe we would be.

“And then to just have one more meeting with Patrick tomorrow to go through what it looks like, what the loads have been, how he feels and then do a final assessment of ‘is he available?’, ‘how many minutes’, ‘what’s the best strategy’ and then we have to be ready to let him go and play.”

Supporters will be buzzing

Considering the fact that Leeds simply must better Burnley’s result against Newcastle United to secure their place in the Premier League next season, the news that a player as important as Bamford now looks as if he could feature against Brentford is sure to have left the Elland Road faithful buzzing.

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Indeed, while a number of injury setbacks have severely limited the forward’s game-time this season, the £18m-rated talent proved just how crucial he is to the Whites over his 38 Premier League appearances last term. In the 2020/21 top flight, he scored 17 goals, registered seven assists and created five big chances for his team-mates, in addition to taking 2.8 shots and making 0.8 key passes per game.

These metrics saw the £74k-per-week hitman average an astonishing SofaScore match rating of 7.01, ranking him as Leeds’ seventh-best performer in the top flight.

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As such, it is clear to see that Bamford’s availability for what is a must-win fixture on the final day of the season will come as a huge boost to Leeds’ chances of leaving west London with all three points. That result, combined with the Clarets failing to defeat the Magpies, would see Marsch’s men retain their Premier League status heading into 2022/23.

AND in other news: Marsch can save Leeds millions with 20 y/o “Duracell Bunny”, he’s “such an asset”

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