Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford is ‘fine’ after coming off at half-time against Norwich City, according to reliable journalist Phil Hay.
The Lowdown: Bamford withdrawn in massive win
The Whites picked up arguably their biggest victory of the season so far on Sunday afternoon, winning 2-1 at home to the Canaries in the Premier League in a clash of two relegation-battling teams.
Joe Gelhardt’s last-gasp strike earned Jesse Marsch his first win as Leeds manager, on what could prove to be such a key day in the relegation battle by the end of the season.
The Latest: Hay gives positive update on Bamford
However, taking on Twitter after the game, Hay confirmed that the plan was always to give the striker just one half of action at Elland Road on Sunday.
The journalist posted: “Bamford is fine and the plan was always for him to have 45 minutes.”
Hay added that the 28-year-old should be good to feature in Friday night’s clash away to Wolves, with the Leeds management reluctant to push him too much yesterday.
The Verdict: Handle him with care
After such an injury-plagued season, it is vital that Leeds don’t rush Bamford back too soon, risking another fitness issue at a vital period in the season.
The 28-year-old could play a massive part in the Whites’ survival battle in the coming weeks – he has been hailed as ‘exceptional’ by Jurgen Klopp in the past – and it was wise to only give him 45 minutes against Norwich, given how little game-time he has had in recent months.
It is also hugely positive that it was Gelhardt who had the moment to savour on Sunday, giving the youngster massive confidence as he looks to potentially dovetail with Bamford in attack moving forward.
In other news, Hay has also provided a worrying Leeds injury update. Read more here.
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