By Craig Scott

30th Dec, 2021 | 8:10am

Bamford, Struijk and James could return in early Leeds United team news v Burnley

Patrick Bamford, Pascal Struijk and Daniel James are in contention to return for Leeds United when they play Burnley on Sunday, according to LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross.

Leeds haven’t played since 18 December with matches against Liverpool and Aston Villa postponed due to COVID-19.

That break in play has served as a blessing in disguise for injury-ravaged Leeds, who may have three key players available for selection by Marcelo Bielsa when the Whites welcome Burnley to Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.

“In [Bielsa’s] last press conference, we did at least finally get some degree of insight into who may be closer than others,” Cross said on the LeedsLive website.

“Bamford, Struijk and James seemed to have the best chance of making the Liverpool game, so with another week’s rest, we have to hope that trio will be in the reckoning.”

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Having one of those players back would be a massive boost for Leeds so to see that three are in contention to return versus Burnley this weekend is phenomenal.

Leeds’ squad was down to the bare bones so we need as many hands on deck as possible to stop the club’s slump and steer away from the Premier League’s relegation zone.

Of course, the biggest boost here will be having Bamford back.

Leeds have struggled for goals all season due to Bamford’s injuries.

The 28-year-old England international has played just once since 17 September and in that one game, he managed to score against Brentford on 5 December before suffering another injury.

He’s played just six times in the league this season and that makes him Leed’s joint-second top goalscorer.

Only Raphinha [8] has scored more than two goals for the Whites this term so having Bamford back to spearhead Bielsa’s attack is absolutely massive and we cannot wait to see him back in action.

Bielsa might avoid starting the England striker on Sunday but just to have him on the bench will be a big boost.

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