Leeds United warned over Bamford recall after development - pundit

By Paddy Kenny

11th May, 2022 | 12:52pm

Leeds icon fears 'desperate' plan will cause 'serious injury' for Patrick Bamford

Leeds United may have to risk Patrick Bamford’s long-term fitness in their bid to stay in the Premier League.

That’s according to former Whites stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Jesse Marsch’s options.

Bamford, 28, has been sidelined since mid-March after getting injured while chasing down a loose ball against Wolves (18 March).

As quoted by BBC Sport West Yorkshire (9 April), the striker admitted he will “push to come back” if Leeds find themselves in relegation trouble.

On 10 May, The Athletic’s Phil Hay reported Bamford will return to Leeds training before this weekend’s game against Brighton (15 May).

Kenny fears Marsch may have to call on a barely-fit Bamford in a bid to save the Whites’ season.

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“It’s a tough one for Leeds,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“An unfit player helps no-one. I don’t think Kalvin Phillips is properly fit but he is playing through it.

“He doesn’t look the same player at the moment. That’s what can happen if you aren’t up to fitness.

“Could he be used as a sub? Possibly. He has missed so much football this season but Leeds are desperate. It’s a last resort.

“They might not have a choice but to throw him in. That could then give the player a serious injury so you need to be careful but survival is the most important thing.”

Bamford has made nine Premier League appearances this season.

After Wednesday’s (11 May) game against Chelsea, the Whites face Brighton and Brentford before the end of the season.

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