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Leeds: Jesse Marsch handed Lewis Bate injury boost

Leeds United have been handed an injury boost concerning central midfielder Lewis Bate.

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In a recent post on Twitter, the 19-year-old shared an image of himself back in Leeds United first-team training – something which would appear to suggest that the England U20 international could now be back in contention for the trip to Crystal Palace on Monday evening, having been out of action since picking up an ankle injury in March.

Marsch will be buzzing

While it is true that Bate is not exactly a first-team regular at Elland Road – so far making just one Premier League appearance this season – the fact that the midfielder has made a return to training at Thorp Arch will nevertheless have left Jesse Marsch buzzing.

Indeed, hopes for the Whites’ £1.58m signing are extremely high, with the former Chelsea starlet having already earned a considerable amount of praise for his performances with the club’s U23 side – none more so than from Jermaine Beckford, who said of the teenager earlier this year:

“I’m a huge fan of his. He’s got a low centre of gravity which means he’s able to turn and get away from players quickly.

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“He likes to pick the ball up in awkward and tight situations, so it gives Leeds United opportunities to give someone the ball who isn’t afraid to get the ball in tight areas and drive with it. He can also deliver a great cross-field pass which is something else to look forward to.”

Furthermore, Marcelo Bielsa also appeared to be extremely excited about the £900k-rated midfielder’s future at Elland Road, with the Argentine manager saying of the 19-year-old talent:

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“He performs better every time in the games he’s a part of. He’s a player who is constantly managing the ball and he doesn’t lose it very often. He has a good sense of a pass. He can thread it through the eye of a needle.”

As such, considering the sheer amount of potential those in the know believe Bate possesses, it would very much seem as if the return of the midfielder is indeed great news for Marsch and his side – particularly ahead of the run-in of the current campaign.

Indeed, while a recent upturn in form has seen the Whites move away from the relegation zone, the American manager’s outfit could still use at least one more win to make their Premier League status in 2022/23 much more concrete.

AND in other news: Orta could now seal “dangerous” £45k-p/w Leeds target, he’s “extraordinary at his age”

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