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Leeds: Jesse Marsch reveals Patrick Bamford injury update

Leeds United centre-forward Patrick Bamford sustained yet another injury setback in the international break.

What’s the latest?

Speaking in his post-match press conference (via Leeds Live) following the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, Jesse Marsch revealed that the centre-forward – who has not started a fixture for the Whites since the 2-2 draw with Southampton on August 13 – was left out of his starting XI last weekend due to the 29-year-old picking up yet another training ground knock.

Regarding the England international’s condition, the 48-year-old said: “Patrick had a little bit of a knock that he took and wasn’t able to train all week. So he was a little bit in question whether he was going to be available or not. I decided not to tell you guys that two days ago.

“I hope you don’t hold it against me that I hold you held some information back but in the end, I felt like he was going to be available and I didn’t want to put any information out that he was maybe a little bit injured or picked up a little something. I felt pretty strongly that he would be ready to go today.”

Big worry for Leeds

Considering the sheer number of injury setbacks Bamford has sustained over the past 12 months or so, the news that the striker was once again unable to start a Premier League fixture on Sunday afternoon will undoubtedly be a huge worry for everyone involved with the Whites, particularly Marsch himself.

Indeed, the £12.6m-rated attacker has been a part of Leeds’ starting XI in just nine of the club’s last 45 outings in the top flight, with an ankle injury, a hamstring injury, a foot injury and an adductor injury keeping the centre-forward sidelined for long stretches of both the 2021/22 and 2022/23 campaigns.

This is a stark contrast to the 2020/21 campaign, in which the £35k-per-week talent started all but one of Leeds’ 38 league fixtures, with the striker scoring an extremely impressive 17 goals, as well as registering a further eight assists, that season.

However, despite looking sharp in an U21s victory over Southampton prior to the international break – scoring a hat-trick – Bamford’s latest knock very much raises the question as to whether or not the 29-year-old will ever be able to go a whole season without suffering some sort of setback at one stage or another.

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Indeed, with a two-week break from first-team football behind him, the Aston Villa fixture very much appeared to be the perfect time for the forward to finally begin putting together a string of starts, however, this thought almost appears to be completely out of the question at present.

As such, while his 22 minutes on the pitch against Villa would suggest that Bamford is not far away from making his first senior start for almost two months, the questions regarding the one-cap international’s fitness will remain throughout the remainder of the campaign, and will undoubtedly be a big worry for both Leeds supporters and Marsch.