Pundit reacts as injury timescale for Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford is shared
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Patrick Bamford is not expected to be back in contention for Leeds United until after the international break.
The 28-year-old striker has missed Leeds’ last five Premier League fixtures with an ankle injury and fitness expert Ben Dinnery reports the England international is unlikely to return before the trip to Tottenham on November 21.
Leeds have failed to put a timescale on Bamford’s recovery but this update from Dinnery, who contributes to Sky Sports and talkSPORT, suggests the striker won’t be available this weekend when Marcelo Bielsa’s side takes on Leicester at Elland Road.
According to ex-Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson, Bamford’s absence is a major blow for the club as he’s the only striker who plays the way he does that perfectly suits Bielsa’s system.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News about Dinnery’s update on Bamford’s recovery, Robinson said: “They’ve kept that quiet.
“We’ve not really heard much about Bamford’s injury and how long he’s going to be out. Until recently, we didn’t know he was going to be out for such a long time.
“He’s a massive player because nobody else can play as an out-and-out number nine.
“Rodrigo has done well and he’s got a lot better in that position. I think his best performance was away at Norwich. He capped it with a goal but I think his all-around performance in that position was a lot better.
“They haven’t got anybody else. Even [Joe] Gelhardt when he plays, he’s not a number nine, he’s a different kind of player. I love the way he plays, he’s very exciting and there’s a lot more to him.
“But the system Bielsa plays and the way they set up, it demands a player like Bamford.
“And they haven’t got that when he’s not there, he’s a huge miss for them.
“Two players Leeds almost can’t play without are Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford.”
In other Leeds United news, Robinson has hailed Stuart Dallas’ bravery for playing through the loss of a close friend.