Leeds United kicked off their tenure with Jesse Marsch as the new manager of the Yorkshire club at the weekend with a 1-0 defeat against Leicester City away from home.
The Whites are back in action once again on Thursday evening with a home clash against Aston Villa for their next attempt at moving away from the relegation zone.
With this match in mind, it seems as though the home side could see one of their key players make a long-awaited return to action when Steven Gerrard’s side make the trip to Elland Road.
After the defeat at the King Power Stadium, Leeds journalist Phil Hay took to his official Twitter page to relay comments from the newly-appointed Whites boss regarding the current situation around Patrick Bamford and when he could be able to make a return after being out injured for the past few months with a hamstring issue.
Hay said that Marsch “expects Bamford to be involved against Villa on Thursday.”
The £18m-rated striker started all five of Leeds’ opening games of the season before an ankle injury kept him on the sidelines until December.
In a very unfortunate stroke of luck, upon his return to action, Bamford injured his hamstring whilst celebrating a late equalising goal he secured to salvage his side a point in their 2-2 draw against Brentford, which has kept him out of action since.
Taking into account how the centre-forward racked up a total of 17 goals in 38 Premier League appearances last season and has two goals and two assists to his name in just six league appearances in what has been a frustrating campaign for the Englishman, it’s safe to say that he is an important figure for the team.
His lengthy absence has been a big contributing factor in the club’s worrying results this season which suggests that his return in midweek would be a joyous event for Leeds fans to see, especially if he can hit the ground running and then manages to stay fit for the remainder of the campaign.
If this were to happen, the 28-year-old would surely give his side a great chance of avoiding relegation by the end of the season if his goals can help them pick up some much-needed wins.
After all, this is a player who has been so important since being signed by former manager Marcelo Bielsa, as the striker bagged 45 times under the Argentine. Any team would struggle without their main marksman and thus, his return represents a colossal boost in their bid to beat the drop.