By Alex McLeish

13th Jan, 2022 | 9:30am

Ex-manager makes 'nightmare' Leeds claim after journalist's Bamford update

Alex McLeish has insisted the Leeds United squad will be desperate to see Patrick Bamford return from his injury “nightmare”.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 28-year-old’s absence will be among the biggest concerns in the Elland Road dressing room.

As reported by the Mirror’s David Anderson on Tuesday (11 January), Bamford, as well as Rodrigo Moreno, could return for Sunday’s league game at West Ham.

The England international missed the FA Cup tie against the Hammers after suffering a knock to his hip in training.

McLeish has admitted losing Bamford for much of this season has been a “nightmare” for Leeds.

He suggested the striker’s teammates will be keen to see him return as soon as possible.

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McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “A blow to go out of the FA Cup but I think Leeds’ priorities will be staying in the Premier League.

“To lose your best players is a nightmare. It does worry you, the teams who don’t have an overall big squad, whether they can keep up a consistent manner of victories.

“I’d just like to see Leeds get back to winning ways. This up and down form is a wee bit concerning.

“Not having your talisman is probably even more concerning. That will probably be the same thoughts as his teammates.

“They’ll be saying: ‘We want Patrick Bamford back in this team as soon as possible’.”

Bamford has only played seven times across all competitions this season.

He was ruled out with an ankle injury and then a hamstring problem before his hip knock.

In other news, Leeds United defender undergoing medical today ahead of Championship exit.