Doctor shares expert view on Patrick Bamford Leeds injury
Leeds striker Patrick Bamford will likely be in a protective boot for a while after being ruled out for a minimum of six weeks with a foot injury, according to a doctor.
Bamford was forced off with plantar fascitis against Wolves, having missed a large chunk of the season dealing with that and other fitness problems.
Now Leeds-Live have spoken to a doctor about what fans can expect to see during the period of recovery, who believes now is a chance to allow the 28-year-old to fully recover instead of pushing through the problem.
“He’ll likely be in a protective boot to allow it to heal and then into physio,” Dr Rajpal Brar said.
“[The ruptured plantar fascia] may now allow him the proper time to recover because he can’t push through it [the partial tear].
“The key is to determine the true root causes of the issue since it’s been bothering him for a while now.”
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Bamford is likely to miss the rest of the season but there is said to be a slim chance that he could return for the final couple of games of the season.
If that’s the case though it should only be if he is completely, 100 per cent fit and with no risk surrounding whether the issue will re-emerge quickly again.
At this point the club and Jesse Marsch should simply plan to be without him for the rest of the season. As good as he is, the greatest ability is availability.
If he’s not completely fit then he’s likely to do more harm than good and Leeds are in a position right now where they need as many points as possible.
It’s possible that relegation is sealed one way or another before the final few games of the campaign, but that’s even more reason to allow him to rest and recover.
We saw how important he is to the team in his absence this season, so the club must ensure he’s ready and raring to go next year no matter what.
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