Patrick Bamford admits he's suffered ankle injury in Leeds training this week
Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has suggested that he has had another injury scare in training this week.
The 28-year-old has admitted that he twisted his ankle in training. He has taken anaesthetics and injections, and he is now feeling a lot better.
Bamford hasn’t played for Leeds since their 1-1 draw against Newcastle United back in September.
When Bamford was asked to give up an update on his current fitness, he said to the official Leeds Utd podcast – “This doesn’t sound too good, but last week I hurt my ankle again.
“It wasn’t bad but I twisted it when I was outside running full-speed. They thought – has he re-done the injury?
“When they checked it, so the ligament pretty much healed. Obviously, the healed quicker than it originally was.
“So, every movement I do it catches on the ligament but now I tried on Saturday with the anaesthetic. Like full thing outside. It’s fine. I have had a little injection. Just a little steroid injection.”
Bamford has missed the last seven games for Leeds and his absence has hurt the team badly.
Marcelo Bielsa will desperately want him back at the earliest, but it seems the Brighton game may have come too soon for him.
Having said that his words look to be encouraging. It seems it won’t be far away before he makes a return to the starting line-up.
He has taken injections to heal his ligament injury and he is definitely not fully match-fit. Bielsa won’t take any risk with him.
This week, Leeds duo – Raphinha and Rodrigo – have also returned to first-team training, so Bielsa has options upfront for the game against Brighton.
Joe Gelhardt impressed during the 2-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, although the youngster may be forced to drop back to the bench.
Leeds will face Brighton on Saturday in the Premier League, and Bielsa will hope to recall some of his injured players to the starting line-up. Bamford, probably, will have to wait for a while.
In other Leeds United news, the club are tracking a contract rebel who they are keen on signing in January