By Paddy Kenny

14th Oct, 2021 | 7:00pm

Pundit: Bamford facing tough comeback trail after 'massive' Leeds blow confirmed

Paddy Kenny has admitted Leeds United have been dealt a “massive” blow after Patrick Bamford become the latest star to be ruled out against Southampton.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds goalkeeper suggested Marcelo Bielsa may have to ease the 28-year-old back into the starting XI after his layoff.

Speaking at his press conference on Thursday (14th October), Marcelo Bielsa confirmed Bamford would miss his third consecutive league game with an ankle injury.

He refused to put a timescale on how long the England striker would be out for.

Bamford sat out against both West Ham and Watford before the international break.

Kenny admitted his absence for Saturday’s trip to St Mary’s would be a bitter blow for Bielsa’s men, who are already without long-term absentees Luke Ayling, Robin Koch and Adam Forshaw.

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He also suggested the former Middlesbrough hitman might not step straight back into the starting XI when fit.

Kenny told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He’ll be a massive miss. He was their top goalscorer last season.

“I know Raphinha might be out. With Bamford coming back from injury, even if he was available, I don’t know if they’d throw him straight in.

“With him being out for a few weeks, it can be a tough one sometimes. Depending on how fit they are and how well that injury’s healed, then it is a decision Bielsa will have to make.

“It’s a tough one sometimes to throw him straight back in there, into a Premier League match. It’ll be interesting to see what the manager does on that front.”

Bamford has scored once in his five Premier League appearances this season.

Leeds managed to seal their first win of the season without their star striker prior to the international break.

Diego Llorente netted to seal a 1-0 victory over Watford at Elland Road.

Following the trip to Southampton, Leeds play host to Wolves.

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