Medical expert: 'Nasty' Patrick Bamford injury is blessing in disguise after new Leeds United update
Patrick Bamford’s plantar fascia rupture may have actually sped up his return from injury at Leeds United.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Bamford, 28, has endured a stop-start season and has been struggling with a foot problem for several months.
But his injury problems peaked in March when it was revealed that he had ruptured the plantar fascia ligament in his foot.
As quoted by The Mirror on Monday (2 May) Jesse Marsch confirmed that the striker could return for the clash against Arsenal on Sunday (8 May).
The release of tension that came about when Bamford suffered the rupture may actually have been a blessing in disguise, claims Dinnery.
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“We expected Bamford to be in a much better position than he has been,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“The difficulty is that you are managing an ongoing, nasty condition. It can be irritated and inflamed with any trigger point.
“Now that he’s had this rupture, that almost alleviates the build-up and tension.
“Now, it’s just a case of building that strength and getting used to working again. We have seen him on the anti-gravity treadmill.
“The fact that he is able to take part in aspects of the session with the first team is a big boost.
“He will now be able to move more freely and with less doubts in his mind.
“For the first time in 12 months, he will be able to train normally and relatively pain-free.“
Bamford has scored twice and supplied two assists in nine appearances this term.
Leeds will fall into the relegation zone if they lose to Arsenal and results elsewhere go against them this weekend.
In other news, Leeds United plot move to sign Frankfurt star Daichi Kamada.