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Marcelo Bielsa offers concerning update on Leeds United man’s prolonged absence

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Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford is once again unavailable this weekend as the side welcome Leicester City to Elland Road.

The Whites are battling on through a host of injury setbacks at the moment, with Marcelo Bielsa being forced into changes in personnel on a weekly basis.

It’s not helped the side’s consistency one bit with the stars of last season struggling to keep fit.

Patrick Bamford hasn’t kicked a ball for Leeds since the draw to Newcastle United back in September, with an alle injury keeping him sidelined.

Five games have passed since and Leeds look no closer to finding a temporary solution to not having him in the lineup.

There’s constant hope that with each passing week, this will be the game where he comes back into the fold.

Up next, Leeds face Leicester City at home, a side Bamford put to the sword last season in the reverse fixture with a goal and two assists.

However, Bielsa has confirmed that the number nine will not be available to face the Foxes, and gave this assessment of his injury (via Leeds Live):

It’s the problem in his ankle. The time of his diagnostic has not been fulfilled yet. It’s not a simple injury. The disappearance of the pain or the tolerance of the pain. You can’t give an exact prognosis.

The response I give when I say it’s subject to his evolution can not be interpreted as me not giving all the info I possess because injuries like this where the prognosis can’t be given exactly. I mean when he will be available to play.

At first, what seemed like an innocuous injury has now meant Bamford has missed more games this season than he’s played.

We’re going to have to just deal with it once again but it’s not great when your main focal point is out for so long.

Rodrigo has began to find the net but the setup we employ without Bamford doesn’t have near the same impact or threat.

I hope that I can be proved wrong, but I don’t see as much danger coming from the attack (without Bamford) unless something clicks on Sunday.

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