By Sam Stone

20th Dec, 2022 | 5:40pm

Serious Leeds United concern emerges for Patrick Bamford after latest injury setback

Leeds United are unsure when Patrick Bamford will return from his latest injury setback as the 29-year-old looks to recover from groin surgery, according to The Mirror.

The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed (19 December) that fresh doubts have emerged over Bamford, with the Manchester City game potentially coming too soon for the striker.

It’s since been suggested by The Mirror (20 December, page 47) that Leeds do not know when the out-of-form forward will return. Leeds assistant Rene Maric has claimed the rehab process remains “unclear” at the moment.

“I think this rehab process is even more unclear. It is not as clear as with Diego (Llorente) how it will progress, so it’s very hard to say something accurate about it,” he said (quoted by The Mirror, 20 December).

Never-ending

Bamford’s injury woes appear to be never-ending with the groin issue the latest in a long line of injury problems for the striker. Considering his age and his current form, it’s getting to a point where his Leeds United career will soon be in doubt.

Rodrigo has been carrying Leeds in an attacking sense and will need some support in the second half of the season if the Whites wish to avoid a relegation battle at the end of the campaign. Bamford can not be trusted to stay fit or hit the back of the net consistently, which means a striker has to be a top priority for Jesse Marsch in the January window.

Leeds have already missed out on one of their striker targets with Matheus Cunha closing in on a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers (Fabrizio Romano, Twitter, 20 December). The board must identify another player and look to get a deal completed as soon as possible when the winter window opens.

In other Leeds United news, a transfer surge could be on the cards as a double exit draws ever closer in January.