By Daniel Feliciano

21st Dec, 2022 | 5:30pm

Patrick Bamford working on training ground to return to action for Leeds United after injuries - Sky Sports

Patrick Bamford has been hard at work on the training ground as he eyes a return to first-team action for Leeds after the World Cup break, say Sky Sports.

The Whites striker is yet to score a goal in 2022 after battling a number of different injuries this year, and he missed the last three games after limping off in the win over Liverpool with another problem.

He was expected to get fit during the break but suffered a setback, and Sky Sports report that he has been working hard on the training ground as he eyes a return to action.

“The World Cup break may well have suited Patrick Bamford, who had the rest needed to not only avoid injury but also put in some work on the training ground as he eyes a return from an unfortunate run of injuries,” they wrote (21 December).

Bamford hasn’t featured in any friendlies during the break and will miss the game against Monaco on Wednesday night.

Yikes

It’s heartbreaking to see that a player who was so key to getting us promotion under Marcelo Bielsa and then staying up in his first season has now become so fragile.

Bamford has always had his injury problems but nothing to this scale, and the fact he hasn’t been able to score a goal this calendar year shows how much he must have been struggling even when he did get on the pitch.

Leeds have been desperate to add a striker to the squad for a while now to help combat these problems and stop relying so heavily on him, and so far Rodrigo has stepped up this season with goals.

But if Leeds want to move away from a relegation battle again they need more reliable goal sources and Bamford represents that when he is fit.

If he can get 100% healthy before the clash with Manchester City next week then the hope is that Leeds will be stronger for it, but no fans will be holding their breath that he’s available any time soon as we’ve seen this story plenty of times before.

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