After being knocked out of the FA Cup thanks to a 2-0 defeat against fellow Premier League side West Ham United, it seems as though Leeds United have been dealt a further blow that will surely leave a lot of fans unhappy.
In a recent Twitter post from Leeds journalist Phil Hay, he revealed that striker Patrick Bamford was supposed to start in the game against West Ham but “had a problem around his hip.”
Hay then added in his tweet that Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is “still waiting to find out the full extent of it.”
Back in September, after starting in their first five league games of the season, Bamford picked up an ankle injury that kept him on the sidelines until early December.
Upon returning to action as a substitute in Leeds’ 2-2 draw against Brentford where he scored a late equaliser for the Whites, the striker, unfortunately, suffered a hamstring injury during the celebrations of his goal.
Having heard that he was supposed to make a return at the weekend against West Ham, this latest issue will be very disappointing for Bamford, Bielsa and the Leeds fans.
Given how Leeds already have the likes of Rodrigo, Tyler Roberts and Joe Gelhardt out injured, it would be a nightmare for everyone if Bamford will have to spend another significant period of time out of action again. After all, the idea of Leeds being even more severely depleted in the attacking area is likely to leave supporters fuming.
With Bamford scoring 17 goals in 38 Premier League games last season, it’s safe to say that he is an important figure for the Yorkshire club and has been a big loss for them this time around, which is presumably why their current campaign has been rather underwhelming compared to last season where Bielsa’s side managed to finish in the top half of the table after coming up from the Championship.
Moving forward, everyone at Leeds will undoubtedly be hoping that this hip issue will not be a serious one and that Bamford can keep his fitness up for the remainder of the season, as his goals could potentially push the team away from being involved in a possible relegation scrap.