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If Roofe’s injury fears are realised, Bamford and Harrison must step up

If Roofe’s injury fears are realised, Bamford and Harrison must step up

Leeds United have been hampered with injuries this season, yet they have managed to continue getting results to place themselves in a healthy position coming into the latter stages of the season.

There have been lengthy injuries to key figures, as well as knocks to more peripheral players, but there is a potential injury scare on the cards relating to Kemar Roofe.

The Yorkshire Evening Post have reported that Roofe is set to undergo scans on a knee injury, following a problem suffered in United’s 2-1 win over Swansea on Wednesday. Indeed, the BBC even confirmed the ex-Oxford ace had suffered knee ligament damage.

If the worst fears of United’s top scorer this season injury are realised, he could be on the sidelines for a varying time period, dependant on the outcome of the assessment.

In that case, here are the two United players that must step up if Roofe cannot feature…

Patrick Bamford

Bamford is the obvious option to replace Roofe in the number nine role. It has been just over two weeks since he returned from another lengthy knee injury himself and now is his time to step up.

The 25-year-old has scored three times this season in just four starts, so he has the ability to perform under Marcelo Bielsa, it is just a question as to whether he can do so regularly.

If Bamford can hugely impact the games during his opportunities, he stands himself in good stead of getting a regular place in the starting 11 for the remainder of the campaign.

Jack Harrison

Harrison has been largely used out wide this season but he has been trusted up front once in the latter stages of the draw to Millwall earlier in the season, showing good movement and decision making in his runs, which was rewarded with an 89th-minute equaliser.

Tyler Roberts is the more natural option, however, if Bielsa wants another option up top that may not be so natural to confuse the opposition and still have a positive impact, then Harrison is an alternative choice in that role.

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