Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch provides injury updates on Patrick Bamford and Joe Gelhardt
Both Leeds United strikers Patrick Bamford and Joe Gelhardt will train this week according to Jesse Marsch after drawing at Southampton.
The Whites gave up a two-goal lead to finish 2-2 at St Mary’s, in a game where they ended up with Dan James as striker after injuries to both specialist forwards.
Youngster Gelhardt didn’t even make the match-day squad, while Bamford was withdrawn in the first half and replaced by James, who himself ended up being substituted late in the game, but both the stricken goal-scorers should be back soon the manager revealed afterwards, amid the continuing search for a signing at the position.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay relayed the American’s comments after the Premier League clash on his personal Twitter account.
He wrote: “Marsch doesn’t think Bamford’s injury is too bad. It’s an abductor issue. Says he felt pain and they were being sensible by replacing him. “If it’s a cup final, I think he keeps playing.” Gelhardt had a minor injury this week too.
“Marsch on signing a striker: “I think it’s something we need to continue to evaluate.”
“Gelhardt had a dead leg. Both him and Bamford expected to train next week.”
Dodged a bullet
Thankfully both of the club’s central strikers aren’t set for lengthy lay-offs after both were unavailable for long periods last season, particularly the elder of the two.
But that didn’t help United today, especially with the uninspiring performance from James, who might be getting a raw deal in this whole affair because he is a winger and shouldn’t be constantly pressed into action up front.
Marsch won’t have to evaluate for long to realise that he can’t go through the season risking the same situation that occurred on Saturday (13 August) happening repeatedly.
He has seen the club fail in pursuits for Charles De Ketelaere and Arnaud Kalimuendo, but he needs this position covered as it has only taken a week for the old problem to resurface.
He could do with something in defence as well, as Liam Cooper has also reprised the role he had last season of being sidelined and desperately missed.
Pascal Struijk isn’t a left-back but is covering for yet another injured absentee in Junior Firpo, Rasmus Kristensen is struggling to adapt, and the centre-back pairing are not commanding enough without the skipper.
There’s a lot to be excited about in an attacking sense, but at the back there is still a tendency to fall asleep, and the injury curse has clearly not been beaten yet.
In other Leeds United news, BT pundits clashed live on air as one Whites man was adjudged to deserve a red card.