By Max Parsons

5th Nov, 2021 | 8:10am

Patrick Bamford provides update on his ankle injury

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has given an update on his ankle injury, with the 28-year-old admitting he’s been out for longer than anticipated.

The England international picked up the injury, which has so far kept him out of five Premier League games, in September and is expected to remain sidelined for the next few fixtures.

However, speaking to the BBC’s MOTDx, the Leeds Unites frontman gave a promising update when asked about his recovery.

“It’s okay. It’s a little bit slow,” he answered.

The striker was then asked whether his knock was improving.

“It is, day by day,” he confirmed. “It’s just taking a little bit longer than I first thought. I think the thing that has got under my skin a little bit this time is that I anticipated I would be back in four weeks and the fact that it has taken longer than that is a little bit hard to get my head around.

“But now I am seeing improvements.”

Anticipated return

The update will no doubt fill the Leeds faithful with optimism. Bamford is an integral component of Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites and his absence is harshly felt.

With his tireless running, unselfish movement and clinical confidence, he’s been a threatening presence leading the Leeds line since their return to the top flight.

Last campaign, the striker managed 17 goals and eight assists in the Premier League and, before injury ruled him out, registered three goal involvements in five appearances this term.

In his absence, Rodrigo has managed to step up and display the kind of quality we all know he possesses but, as he teeters on the edge of suspension, relying on him puts Bielsa in a precarious position.

The bang off-form Tyler Roberts and talented but raw Joe Glehardt are also options, although neither are exactly suitable line-leaders for the Premier League at this moment in time.

Bamford’s leave has highlighted a dangerous lack of depth in that central area up top and, while a new addition may arrive in January, his return to the side will be eagerly anticipated by everyone.

In other Leeds United news, Eddie Gray has gone all out in praising Whites boss Bielsa.