Gabby Agbonlahor has backed Patrick Bamford to be fully fit for Leeds United after the international break.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Aston Villa striker suggested the 27-year-old only played through pain against Fulham because he was snubbed by Gareth Southgate.
Bamford revealed to Sky Sports after the 2-1 win over the Cottagers he was “struggling from the get-go”.
He added: “It was just a matter of time with how long the legs would last. Fortunately, it got to 76 minutes before the legs packed in.”
Leeds’ number nine was touch and go before the game after limping off in the first half of the Whites 0-0 draw with Chelsea the week before.
After scoring at Craven Cottage, Bamford has now netted 14 Premier League goals and narrowly missed out on a place in the England squad to Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins.
Asked whether he was worried about Bamford’s fitness, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “He’s probably looking at it, he’s not been called up for England so he has two weeks to recover.
“I don’t blame him – I’d do the same. You’ve got an injury but it’s not enough to keep you out of the game, you’re in discomfort but you take your anti-inflammatories, you take your pain killers and you just do as much as you can.
“Now he has 10 days of not doing anything with the injury and he can let it recover. It makes sense really.”
Prior to this season, Bamford had scored just one top-flight goal in 27 appearances across spells with Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Burnley and Middlesborough.
He is also eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland through his father