By Joe Ellis

4th Jan, 2023 | 3:10pm

Patrick Bamford back in Leeds United training ahead of West Ham clash - Phil Hay

Patrick Bamford is back in training with his Leeds United teammates but is not going to feature against West Ham United, according to Phil Hay.

The England international has been on and off injured for the majority of the season which has seen Rodrigo take on the role of the club’s main goal threat in the Premier League.

After yet another knock, Bamford had missed some training sessions but Hay believes it is good news for Leeds fans as he is back on the grass again.

“Patrick Bamford is expected to be missing again too although I’m told he is back in training now,” he said to The Athletic. “I need to check on Gray again but Sinisterra is due back in training in a week or so.

“He’s made pretty good progress and it’s pretty much on schedule. He’s someone who could definitely make a difference when he’s fit. I like what I saw in him earlier in the season. Looks like a match-winner.”

Relief

The burden on Rodrigo to score the majority of the Whites’ goals this season is clear to see and his rampant start to the campaign has quickly ground to a halt without Bamford there to relieve the stress.

Wilfried Gnonto, Crysencio Summerville, Jack Harrison and company can all chip in but a proper goalscorer is needed at Elland Road and fast so the sooner Bamford returns, the better.

Jesse Marsch doesn’t just need him available, though, he needs him fully fit and in form because he proved upon Leeds getting back into the top flight that he can tear this league apart on his day.

Unfortunately, he hasn’t had “his day” since that campaign and it has caused many problems at Thorp Arch that nearly saw them relegated last season.

Sinisterra’s unpredictability is perhaps even more handy having been the headline signing of the summer from Feyenoord but he is yet to explode onto the Premier League scene.

In other Leeds United news, two Whites players are walking a disciplinary tightrope with three games left to avoid punishment from the FA.