By Craig Scott

31st Dec, 2021 | 11:10am

Patrick Bamford officially ruled out of Leeds United clash against Burnley

Patrick Bamford will not play for Leeds United when they welcome Burnley to Elland Road on Sunday, Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed.

Bamford, 28, told the Yorkshire Evening Post yesterday (Thursday) that he felt as though he could return from injury on Sunday.

However, Bielsa has told the media on Friday that while the striker has recovered from his injury, his lack of match fitness rules him out of playing against Sean Dyche’s side.

“This is the fourth week since Patrick’s injury,” said Bielsa, as shown on Leeds’ official Twitter account on Friday.

“Patrick is healthy but he hasn’t played for four weeks now.

“That puts him into doubt the convenience of him playing because of not doing any football training sessions.”

Major blow

Leeds need to win this game and we all thought that there was hope of Bamford returning against Burnley after what he said this week.

However, while he may be injury-free now, he’s not match fit and that rules him out of what is a very important game down at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Leeds have a huge chance to open up a gap between themselves and the bottom three, where Burnley currently sit in 18th.

Having Bamford available would certainly make life easier against the Clarets but Leeds have had to go most of the season so far without the former Chelsea striker.

Bamford’s played just seven times in all competitions this season and has played just once since September when he suffered a hamstring injury against Brentford earlier in December.

We need him back but we cannot rush him back and run the risk of him getting injured again because he may have come back too soon in that game against the Bees.

In other Leeds United news, four players are set to return against Burnley in a more positive update.