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Leeds: Noel Whelan makes Patrick Bamford claim

Leeds: Noel Whelan makes Patrick Bamford claim -Leeds United News

Leeds United employee Noel Whelan has dropped a worrying injury claim on Patrick Bamford’s involvement for the final two games of the season, Football Insider report.

The Lowdown: Marsch coy on Bamford’s condition

Bamford hasn’t been seen for Leeds since March when he ruptured his foot against Wolves. Jesse Marsch was ‘optimistic’ last month that the 28-year-old would return for the final two games of the season, however, he kept his cards close to his chest regarding the striker on Friday.

Talking at his pre-Brighton press conference, Marsch told reporters at Thorp Arch that Bamford is still being ‘assessed’ and wouldn’t say if he is in contention to feature this afternoon.

The Latest: Whelan’s comments

Talking to FI after hearing that update on Bamford, Whelan admitted he’d be ‘surprised’ if the Leeds man featured in the final two games of the season, and added that the ‘protection of players and their health is paramount’.

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“I would be very surprised if I saw him again this season, I really would.

“As much as we need him back, he’s not played a game yet. He’s not played any kind of real 90 minutes of a game, fitness-wise. We need him for next year, whether it’s Premier League or Championship football.

“We need a healthy Patrick Bamford. Unless he’s 100 per cent sure that he can do it and he can offer something and there’s no recurrence or feeling of any injury he’s gone through, I wouldn’t be risking him.

“I’m sorry. I want to stay in the Premier League, I want us to score goals and winning football matches.

“But protection of players and their health is paramount. I just believe that he won’t be match sharp. Rodrigo and Gelhardt, they’ve got to take the responsibility on their shoulders and going show their worth.”

The Verdict: Place on the bench?

Leeds can name an 18-man squad this afternoon and are short on attacking options with Dan James the latest player to be ruled out for the season after his red card against Chelsea.

Therefore, having Bamford back on the bench could be a major psychological boost, and there is definitely a place for him even if he isn’t as ready as Marsch hoped, considering 16-year-old Archie Gray was in the 18-man squad last time out.

Marsch included Bamford on the bench for his first fixture in charge against Leicester but didn’t bring him on, so it wouldn’t come as a shock if he did the same this afternoon in a crucial final home game.

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