Medical expert Ben Dinnery has been giving his thoughts to an update on Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford ahead of the Elland Road clash with Southampton, Football Insider report.
The Lowdown: More injury woes
Bamford has had a season to forget when it comes to injuries. The 28-year-old has been limited to just seven Premier League starts due to ankle, hamstring and foot problems.
Would you play Bamford again this season?
Yes, if he's fit!
No, season over!
He appeared to be getting back to full fitness prior to the international break, however, the striker was forced off with a fresh foot issue which will now keep him out for six weeks.
Leeds confirmed the news in the week, with Bamford now joining Tyler Roberts and Junior Firpo on the treatment table with serious injuries in the first month of Marsch’s Elland Road tenure.
The Latest: Dinnery’s comments
He admitted he’d be ‘very surprised’ if Bamford plays again this season, adding that a typical period for his problem would rule him out for nine or ten weeks.
“I’d be very surprised if we see him again this season.
“Some of the research I’ve read gives him an outside chance, but it’s very, very small.
“Typically, we’re looking at around the nine or 10-week return timeline.
“When you look at how heavily his season has been disrupted, it makes a lot more sense to focus on his recovery.
“I think he’ll be looking at pre-season and they won’t want to take any unnecessary risks with this one. It’s very painful.
“He’ll initially be immobile. It’s all about gradual reintroduction but I wouldn’t expect that to be before the end of the season.
“But hopefully the fact it has been ruptured now means he’ll be in a much better place than he has been in the last year.
“We know he has been managing this problem But because of the rupture, that tension in the foot has been released.
“It’s going to be non-surgical because the foot has really good blood flow. That is the silver lining. Hopefully, he can move forward now.”
The Verdict: Rest up…
Bamford recently admitted that he rushed a return from injury, which has ultimately played a major part in his latest setback.
Marsch believes there is a chance Bamford could play in the final two games of the season, but it could be wise to forget that and leave him out until the summer.
Hopefully, the Whites will be mathematically safe before the games with Brighton and Brentford in May, and if they are, it could be an ideal chance for Marsch to give the likes of Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood chances from the off ahead of his first full season in charge.
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