Mills delivers Leeds verdict as Bamford set for medical tests today
Leeds United have been handed a “brilliant” boost with the news Patrick Bamford may return to the squad for the game against Burnley on Sunday (2 January).
That is the view of ex-Whites and England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the latest update on Bamford’s hamstring injury.
The striker told the Yorkshire Evening Post yesterday (29 December) he is “touch and go” for the visit of his former club Burnley this weekend.
He revealed he has “hit every marker that’s been laid down so far” and is set for more medical tests today (30 December) that will decide whether he can play against the Clarets.
Bamford, who scored 17 Premier League goals last term, has been limited to just six Premier League appearances this season that have yielded two goals.
His absence has been keenly felt as Dan James, Tyler Roberts and Joe Gelhardt have all failed to fill the void up front for Leeds.
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Instead, they have relied on Raphinha who has scored eight of Leeds’ 18 Premier League goals this season.
“I’m assuming if Bamford plays he will come off the bench,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“Just having him on the bench will raise everyone’s spirits. Everybody goes ‘Brilliant, he’s there, he’s back’.
“It just gives everybody a boost which they desperately need at the moment.”
Bamford signed a new long-term deal with Leeds in the summer that will keep him at Elland Road until the summer of 2025.
The 28-year-old won his first and so far only England cap against Andorra at Wembley in September.