Patrick Bamford appears to have played down his chances of returning to the Leeds United side for their clash with Watford on Saturday afternoon.
That’s after the striker revealed he has yet to return to full training ahead of the game, when his side will again look for their first league win of the season.
Following Leeds’ promotion to the Premier League at the start of last season, Bamford had featured in every league game for the Whites, prior to their 2-1 defeat to West Ham last Saturday.
However, the striker was absent from the clash with the Hammers, due to an ankle injury, which saw Rodrigo take his place in the centre forward role.
Now it seems as though Bamford will once again be absent for Leeds on Saturday, after the striker revealed he has yet to return to full training following that setback.
Speaking about the work he is currently doing in his sessions, Bamford told The Leeds United Podcast: “Just doing gym, little bit of boxing today. Bit of swimming the other day, my shoulders are hanging off – apart from that I’m all good.”
Bamford has scored once in his five league appearances for Leeds so far this season.
This does not look promising for Leeds when it comes to Bamford’s availability for Saturday.
Given it was a foot injury that he suffered, the fact the striker is only doing work on his upper body, suggests he will not be fit and ready for that match with Watford.
As a result, it seems as though Leeds will once again be without an important and influential presence to lead the line for them, in a game they could really do to win.
However, it is worth noting that Rodrigo did perform well in that centre forward role against West Ham, and it will be interesting to see if he does that again on Saturday amid Bamford’s apparently likely absence.