Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa delivered a worrying update on the injury situation of Patrick Bamford following his side’s 3-3 draw with Aston Villa on Wednesday evening.
Speaking after the match, the Argentinian head coach said to the BBC (via MOT Leeds News):
“He has a problem in his foot which is preventing him from running due to the pain. He’s having treatment which isn’t taking the pain away at the moment.
“The first step for his recovery is that he is able to move. That hasn’t happened and it’s impossible to imagine when that’s going to happen.”
That doesn’t make for good reading whatsoever.
The 28-year-old striker has featured just once since the 17th of September and that was in a 22-minute cameo against Brentford, a game in which he bagged a vital equaliser before picking up another injury.
Since his hamstring problem, it seems as if the England international has now picked up a foot problem at the club’s Thorp Arch training base.
Bielsa’s comments suggest that there isn’t a timeframe on his return – unlike his other players like Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper, who are due to be back in action next month.
It isn’t out of the realms of possibility that Bamford’s season could be pretty much be all but over but we’ll have to wait for official news on that front. He has played only six league games all season.
The Yorkshire giants have sorely missed his presence upfront, which is hardly a surprise given that he finished as their top goalscorer last season on 17 goals.
That’s because Bielsa does not have a suitable alternative to lead the line. He has often turned to Daniel James and whilst that paid off in the six-goal thriller at Villa Park, it has largely been a failed experiment.
A diminutive 5 foot 7 winger isn’t going to have the same effect as Bamford.
Therefore, this latest update is sure to leave Bielsa absolutely gutted as he continues to be without such a key figure. His absence is such a big blow for Leeds.