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Jesse Marsch gifted triple Leeds injury boost ahead of Brighton clash

Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch has been gifted a timely triple injury boost ahead of this afternoon’s crunch match with Brighton and Hove Albion

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A trio of defeats have seen the Yorkshire outfit slip into the relegation zone with only two games left to play in the 2021/22 campaign.

They could be bolstered ahead of kick-off as a Tottenham Hotspur win against Burnley would mean that a point is enough to rise out of the bottom three, though the Clarets still have a game in hand against Aston Villa, who have nothing to play for, in midweek.

But the American head coach will be buoyed by the availability of three attackers, namely Patrick Bamford, who is pushing for some involvement at Elland Road.

As revealed by The Athletic, both Raphinha and Jack Harrison will be available for selection after they hobbled off with injuries against Chelsea, whilst the England striker could be amongst the substitutes.

“Harrison’s contusion looks positive. He’s training tomorrow and ready for Sunday. Rapha is fine,” Marsch claimed. “Patrick’s (injury) is too early to tell. We’ll evaluate that in the next few days.”

Difference-maker

Even if it’s 20 or so minutes from the bench, Bamford’s availability would be something of a game-changer for Leeds and the manager. The side has sorely missed his presence up top after a 17-goal campaign last term.

Only Raphinha has hit double figures for the Whites this campaign, with the likes of Rodrigo, Daniel James and Joe Gelhardt all struggling to plug the gap up top.

Will Leeds stay up if Bamford returns for these final two games?

YES, 100%!

YES, 100%!

NO CHANCE!

NO CHANCE!

James will not play again this season after being sent off at Stamford Bridge, so right now, it appears as if Raphinha is Leeds’ best chance of getting out of their current situation – playing him at right wing-back again would be a disservice to the club and the fans.

Without his ten goals and three assists, they’d be in a far worse spot and potentially already back in the Championship.

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Bamford has only touched the pitch nine times in the Premier League this term but he’s still provided two goals and two assists, also making an impact from the bench under Marsch in games against Norwich City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

If the 28-year-old forward can manage a few minutes in a cameo late on, it could prove to be the difference-maker in their quest for survival – that combined with the likely involvement of both Harrison and Raphinha is certainly great news for Marsch and co.

AND in other news, Marsch must axe £13.5m-rated Leeds flop vs Brighton, he’s been “completely anonymous”

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