Leeds: 'Bitter blow' for Jesse Marsch involving £18m ace

Patrick Bamford’s injury setback is a “bitter blow” for Leeds, according to former midfielder Carlton Palmer.

The £18m-rated striker had only recently returned from a three-month layoff but suffered another injury in just his third game back at Wolves earlier this month.

What’s the latest news involving Bamford?

It’s been a rotten season for the ex-Chelsea youngster, who’s played just nine times in the Premier League following a number of issues throughout the campaign.

Firstly, an ankle problem at Newcastle saw Bamford miss the whole of October and November, only making his comeback as a late substitute against Brentford at the beginning of December.

He would mark his return by scoring a dramatic late equaliser but injured his hamstring when celebrating his goal and would spend another three months on the sidelines.

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Bamford made a timely return for Jesse Marsch’s first game back, although he was an unused substitute in the defeat at Leicester. He would feature against Aston Villa five days later before making his first start since September in the victory over Norwich.

Another start would arrive the following week when Bamford was picked from the off against Wolves. However, his joy was short-lived when he was forced off just 23 minutes into Leeds’ 3-2 win.

Initially, Marsch didn’t appear concerned when asked about Bamford’s condition after the game, although the striker has since been ruled out for six weeks.

What did Palmer say about Bamford?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “It’s a bitter blow regarding Bamford because they didn’t rush him back. They took their time with him, and for him to pick up that injury against Wolves, 23 minutes into the game.

“If you’re talking about him being out for the next six games, he’s pretty much done for the season.”

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Will Bamford play again this season?

Should Bamford return in six weeks, he could be back for Leeds’ last couple of Premier League fixtures.

But having spent the majority of the campaign on the treatment table, if Marsch’s side have already avoided relegation, then it would be a risk to rush Bamford back into action for essentially two meaningless fixtures.

If Leeds remain in the thick of a dogfight, which is unlikely after their two recent victories, then it could be a different story, but at this current moment, Bamford playing again this season would appear very doubtful.

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