Injury expert 'shocked' by crushing new Leeds blow after analysing Bamford footage
It is a big shock to learn that Patrick Bamford is the latest Leeds United star to be ruled out of Saturday’s clash with Watford.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
As quoted by The Athletic on 30 September, Bielsa admitted “Bamford isn’t” available for the 2 October meeting with the Hornets at Elland Road.
The 28-year-old striker missed the previous weekend’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham with an ankle injury.
Bamford featured in all 38 of Leeds’ Premier League fixtures last season and started the first five in 2021-22.
Dinnery suggests that his setback may have been exacerbated in training at Thorp Arch.
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“This is a funny one,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“I was quite shocked when Bielsa confirmed Bamford would miss the West Ham game, let alone the Watford game.
“It was an injury he picked up at St. James’ Park. The video footage wasn’t great, it looked like he might have rolled his ankle.
“A lot of what we saw subsequently pointed towards it being a minor strain.
“Bamford has made a public appearance and there was no CAM boot or protective cast to restrict his movement.
“There was a little bit of strapping but nothing else. We know Bamford is a player who is not prone to injury.
“Maybe the problem was aggravated in training, or maybe they have made the decision to hold back.”
Bamford is one of seven injured Leeds players, a number exceeded only by Everton (eight) among Premier League clubs.