By George Overhill

5th Nov, 2022 | 2:30pm

Patrick Bamford has picked up another injury and is not fit enough to make the Leeds United squad for Bournemouth, Phil Hay reports.

The English striker has had a nightmare time over the past year with fitness issues, and the same has happened once again this weekend, although early indications are that it is not serious.

In his match day Q&A for The Athletic Hay wrote when the line-ups came out: “But there’s no Bamford in the squad. Mateo Joseph comes in. Hearing that Bamford has an injury.”

He followed up on his personal Twitter account soon after to add: “[B]eing told it’s a minor injury to Bamford. Not fit enough to make the squad”.

The Whites welcome the Cherries to Elland Road looking to consolidate the dramatic win they secured at Anfield last weekend, with the pressure still on manager Jesse Marsch.

Endless

Whether serious or not, this season appears to be proving just how much of a risk it was to end the transfer window without a senior striker brought in.

Rodrigo has been keeping up his end of the bargain as best he can with goals, but he is not a natural number nine like Bamford.

Neither is Joe Gelhardt, who appears to have fallen out of favour with Marsch, or Wilfried Gnonto whose January deal was brought forward at the last second on deadline day.

Mateo Joseph is scoring for fun in the under-21s this season, alongside Sonny Perkins, so it is little surprise in the circumstances to see him on the bench.

But the second division of the age group competition is a few rungs down from the Premier League so he can’t be expected to fill the gap left by Bamford either.

Leeds United fans will be cursing their luck to hear that their main striker has picked up yet another problem, and while it is positive to hear that it is minor, he is once again unavailable in a season where issues have kept him from being a regular starter and interrupted his rhythm to the point where he is still yet to score.

The Whites surely need to address this issue in the January transfer window as another relegation battle is still the threat should things turn south this season.

In other Leeds United news, Joleon Lescott has predicted the Saturday result at a newly positive Elland Road.