By Noel Whelan

15th Jan, 2022 | 9:00am

Whelan fears for Bamford at Leeds after new update

Noel Whelan has admitted he worries for Leeds United should Patrick Bamford suffer any more injuries this season.

The former Leeds striker and club ambassador, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 28-year-old will be lacking match fitness after his latest layoff.

Speaking at his press conference on Friday (14 January), Marcelo Bielsa confirmed Bamford could return to the squad against West Ham on Sunday.

The striker missed last week’s FA Cup defeat to the Irons after picking up a hip problem in training.

Bamford has missed most of the season due to both an ankle and hamstring injury.

Asked if a lack of match fitness was a concern, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah, I think so.

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“Despite probably working really hard, which we know that the Leeds United staff like to do with players and rightly so. It’s no different than when we played and tried to get back from a long term injury.

“This would be a welcome return and a welcome sight for all Leeds United fans to see Patrick Bamford playing through the middle again. Fingers crossed it’s the last of the injuries that we’ll see this season for Patrick.

“We’ve desperately missed him and the way he plays the game, the way he runs that centre forward role. Holding the ball up and running defenders into corners and areas that don’t want to go into.

“He also brings us that that defensive ability, not just your attacking ability which we know he has.”

Bamford has managed to play just seven times across all competitions this season.

Fellow strikers Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood are also injured.

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