Leeds United

Marcelo Bielsa is “100 per cent” to blame for Patrick Bamford picking up an injury at Leeds United, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker insisted Bielsa cannot expect his players to play every game especially given his intensive training methods.

Bamford has started all of the Whites’ Premier League games this term but limped off with a leg injury after 35 minutes in their 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Saturday.

Bielsa could not confirm after the game how long his star striker will be out but Football Insider pundit Noel Whelan, who was at the game, fears he could miss up to four weeks of action.

Last week Agbonlahor told Football Insider Bamford should be given a rest after his leggy display against West Ham United.

Asked whether Bielsa was to blame for Bamford’s setback, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “100 per cent.

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“You can’t play every game of the season, very rarely.

“Maybe when you’re young – 19, 20. I used to play every game when I was 19, 20. But the games now are so close together and he’s not a young player anymore. He’s getting older, Bamford.

“You need to have a little rest. Training is so demanding for them, it’s inevitable he’s going to pick up injuries.

“I’m sure he’ll be having a little rest now to recover from his injury before he comes back into the side.”

Bamford has missed just one league game for Leeds in the previous two seasons.

He has scored 13 goals and provided six assists in 28 top-flight games this term.

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