Bamford injury may be far worse than Leeds are letting on after medical expert's reveal
Danny Mills has suggested Patrick Bamford may not return to action for Leeds United until December.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender claimed it could be weeks after Bamford returns to training before Marcelo Bielsa trusts him in a game.
The striker has not featured for Bielsa’s side since the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United in September.
As quoted by Sky Sports (November 5) Bielsa admitted he could not put a date on Bamford’s return from an ankle injury.
Medical expert Ben Dinnery told this site (November 9), he could be out for another five weeks.
Asked for his assessment of the situation, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “You start to wonder, do they know the root of the problem?
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“What is the issue? What is the reason for him breaking down?
“We know how intense the way Bielsa plays. We know the fitness level that he will insist his players are at to come back into the team.
“When you’ve been out for that long, it is going to take him a little while even when he’s started training, to get back up to speed and get back up to what Bielsa wants.
“If the injury keeps going wrong, if you come back too soon, even if it’s just a few days you may just tweak it. That delays it by another week.
“Sometimes the longer it goes on, the more you try to force it. Injuries are a very delicate balance and he could be out until December now.”