By Adefunmiloye Alani

4th Jan, 2022 | 8:00am

Patrick Bamford could feature for Leeds under-23s on Wednesday

Leeds United ace Patrick Bamford could feature for the under-23s when they take on their Sunderland counterparts on Wednesday, according to Joe Donnohue.

The Whites youth team host the Black Cats tomorrow (5 January) in the Premier League Cup at York City’s LNER Community Stadium, and the Leeds-Live journalist claims on their website that the one-cap England international striker could use it to build his match fitness.

Bamford returned to training last week but missed the Burnley clash on January 2 as Marcelo Bielsa was not ready to risk him.

However, he could be available for selection when Leeds travel to face West Ham this weekend (9 January) in the FA Cup, and tomorrow could see him return to the pitch provided he has convinced the medical staff he is ready.

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The Whites hitman has played only six Premier League games in 2021-22, with two separate injuries preventing him from playing in the 13 other fixtures.

Bamford sustained a knock to a hamstring while celebrating his late equaliser in the 2-2 clash against Brentford earlier in December, and the Whites won just one of the four games they played afterwards, losing the other three.

Leeds will be hoping to advance beyond the FA Cup third round, and having Bamford available will hand them a much-needed boost for the game ahead of their next league clash against the same opponents the following weekend.

He started in Leeds U23s’ Premier League 2 fixture with Manchester City U23 in November, and Bielsa will likely use Wednesday’s clash to get him match-fit for the games ahead.

The Argentine has always used the under-23 games to get his players ready when they return from injuries or hand much-needed playing time to those lacking it.

Bamford was looking forward to playing against Burnley last Sunday, and having missed the clash, he will be keen to impress tomorrow and prove that he is ready to return to action.

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