By Sean Fisher

17th Dec, 2022 | 11:10am

Leeds United handed injury boost after Robin Koch and Patrick Bamford update shared by Adam Pope

Leeds United should have both Robin Koch and Patrick Bamford back fit before their Premier League clash with Manchester City, according to Adam Pope.

Leeds continued their winter preparations with a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad on Friday as Jesse Marsch’s side gear up for an incredibly difficult Premier League return against Manchester City on 28 December.

The Whites are in action against Monaco on Wednesday night before all attention turns towards the Premier League, and it seems Marsch may have two players back in contention for the friendly against the Ligue Un side.

Pope, who is a sports broadcaster for the BBC, shared what assistant manager Rene Maric told him after the Real Sociedad win.

“Rene Maric thinks Llorente will definitely be involved before the restart and is quite confident others like Koch and Bamford could be too,” Pope tweeted.

“Harrison was not injured but felt tightness in a muscle so it was not worth risking ahead of the Man City game.”

Big boost

Marsch’s top priority over the winter break would have been getting his entire Leeds squad fit and refreshed ahead of the second half of the season.

The Whites finished the first half of the season well with wins over Bournemouth and Liverpool before a narrow defeat to Tottenham.

It lifted the club out of the relegation zone and Marsch will be keen to rediscover the form that his side had prior to the World Cup break.

That’ll be an incredibly tough ask considering Leeds’ first match back is against Manchester City, but the American will have his sights set on the bigger picture.

He’ll want a full squad to pick from and Koch and Bamford returning is a big boost to the Leeds dressing room. Despite Bamford’s poor form the side need options in attack and Rodrigo needs competition to keep him on his toes.

As for Koch, the German centre-back was a vital part of the Leeds defence in the first half of the season and he’ll be welcomed back with open arms.

In other Leeds United news, Jesse Marsch wants a January transfer for Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka