By Noel Whelan

28th Dec, 2021 | 11:09am

Leeds in line for 'massive' Bamford boost after behind-the-scenes reveal - Whelan

Leeds United may receive a “massive” boost if Patrick Bamford returns from injury against Burnley, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 28-year-old may be one player to benefit from postponements of fixtures against Liverpool and Aston Villa.

Leeds United last took to the field on 18 December against Arsenal after their Christmas schedule was curtailed due to an outbreak of coronavirus within the squad.

The Whites will have had a 15-day break before they take on fellow relegation candidates Burnley on 2 January.

As quoted by Leeds Live on 18 December, manager Marcelo Bielsa refused to rule out returns for Pascal Struijk, Dan James and Bamford for the postponed fixture against Liverpool.

When asked about the prospect of players returning against Burnley, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “It’s been unfortunate.

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“It’s given an opportunity to those players who were on the fringes of coming back, like Bamford.

They’ve had that bit of extra time to get themselves right and be part of the squad for these games. That could be massive. Especially for the Burnley game.

“It’s no secret that we’ve missed a lot of players over this Christmas period. It will be nice to get back to a nearly fully-fit squad for the remainder of the season.”

Bamford has scored just two goals in six Premier League games this term.

The striker has struggled with injury after suffering from ankle and hamstring problems.

The Whites are sitting five points clear of relegation danger after 18 games.

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