Report: Leeds star Patrick Bamford hoping to return before end of December

Patrick Bamford of Leeds United and Jordan Storey of Preston North End compete for the ball during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leeds United and Preston North End at Elland...

Bamford has been sidelined for Leeds since suffering a knee injury with the Under-23's.

Patrick Bamford of Leeds United and Jordan Storey of Preston North End compete for the ball during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leeds United and Preston North End at Elland...

The Yorkshire Evening Post have reported that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford is hoping to return before the end of December, previously expecting to recover in the new year.

The 25-year-old managed just seven appearances for Leeds, starting two Carabao Cup appearances and making five substitute appearances in the Championship after joining the club from Middlesbrough.

Marcelo Bielsa has used Carlos Corberan's Under-23 side regularly to give his fringe players game time, with Samu Saiz, Jamal Blackman, Conor Shaughnessy, Jack Clarke, Jack Harrison and Jamie Shackleton all playing on Monday.

 

Bamford played for the second string back in September and suffered an injury to his posterior cruciate ligament, which forced him to go under the knife and was ruled out for what was believed to be four months.

However, Bamford is said to be hoping to return at around the three-month mark, which would see him recover from the issue and pull on a Leeds jersey again in the middle of December.

Patrick Bamford of Leeds United controls the ball during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leeds United and Preston North End at Elland Road on August 28, 2018 in Leeds, England.

If he does indeed return then, it will come as a huge boost to Leeds in their bid for promotion. Despite the form of Kemar Roofe, having a player with the experience and goal threat of Bamford off the bench will be crucial.

Leeds are next in action against West Bromwich Albion, and have nine fixtures including Saturday's evening kick-off until New Year's Day.

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford under pressure from Swansea City's Mike van der Hoorn during the Sky Bet Championship match between  City and Leeds United at Liberty Stadium on August 21,...

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