Injury expert delivers shattering Leeds news as Bamford out for another 'five weeks'
Sidelined Leeds United hitman Patrick Bamford is likely to be out of action for another five weeks.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Bamford featured in all 38 of Leeds’ league matches last term and, remarkably, started all but one.
But he is currently struggling with an ankle problem and has not featured either in-game or on the training pitch since 17 September.
As quoted by Sky Sports on 5 November, manager Marcelo Bielsa was unclear on Bamford’s return date.
He gave the response to which fans have become accustomed: “It is all subject to his evolution.”
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Leeds’ first match after the international break is away to Tottenham in just shy of two weeks time (21 November)
And Dinnery predicts that Leeds may not see their talisman for another three weeks after that.
“We know how cryptic Bielsa can be,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“Bamford himself said before the last international break that he fully expects to be back on the training pitch, doing some straight-line running.
“He thought he had a good chance of featuring in game week eight. Here we are a month down the line and it feels like he hasn’t moved further forward.
“He certainly won’t be fit immediately after the international break. He’ll need to return to training and get up to speed first.
“Bielsa has his own strict regimented guidelines on where he needs his players to be before they’re thrown back in.
“We have seen the likes of Adam Forshaw and Kalvin Phillips who haven’t got the amount of training in that they’d like and he’s kept them out.
“Bamford will need two or three weeks of solid training after the international break under his belt before he’s thrown back in.”