The England international picked up an injury during Leeds’ 1-1 draw against Newcastle United a fortnight ago, and Marcelo Bielsa has now confirmed that he will miss this weekend’s fixture against Watford.
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This longer-term injury has now added to a long list of absentees that Bielsa is currently having to deal with, as Luke Ayling now requires surgery to solve his muscular problem and Robin Koch still remains on the sidelines with an injury, however, Bamford’s injury may be the least serious of all of them.
Bamford spoke about his injury and where he’s at in terms of returning.
“So it’s been about 10 days now since I [got injured], so in that 10 days, I’ve really done very little. Since I injured it, I’ve been able to walk fine, it’s a little bit sore if I walk for a long, extended period, but I’ve been able to walk fine.
“It’s just the running and pushing up on my toes, so obviously, I shouldn’t – but I keep testing it out every day just seeing if it’s getting a little bit better. It’s not ready to run on yet. I tried it today, but I imagine within the next 10 days, then I’ll be able to run but obviously, I’m doing things to kind of keep my fitness so that it doesn’t drop.”
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It is certainly an excuse that Bielsa may well be able to use that his lengthy injury list is coinciding with Leeds’ awful start to their second Premier League campaign under the Argentine, although some positive news this week is that Raphinha is once again available after scoring against West Ham United last week.
Leeds are yet to win in the league yet, alongside four other sides, and with players such as Ayling, Bamford, Jack Harrison and Pascal Struijk all having missed matches this season, it may well only be a matter of time before they start clicking like last season, especially given the latter two are now back for Bielsa’s side.
As for Bamford, it seems like the upcoming international break could be a blessing for Leeds as he works towards a return to action.