Patrick Bamford: Leeds United striker admits recovering from injury to help fight relegation | Soccer News

Patrick Bamford has admitted rushing too quickly from injury to help Leeds United’s relegation battle – and even claimed he knew he was going to get injured before breaking his foot at Wolves.

The striker walked off the pitch in tears in the first half of the Whites’ win at Molineux earlier this month after aggravating a partial foot injury from which he had only just recovered.

The injury means Bamford is now ruled out for most of the rest of the season, with the England international set for six weeks on the treatment table – having already missed 20 top-flight games for Leeds this season due to further setbacks ankle and hamstrings.

“I think I was trying to get over the pain and I almost forced myself to step back a bit to try to help the team,” Bamford said in an exclusive interview with sky sports. “Without wanting to sound big-headed, I knew I had a big part to play.

“I was looking forward to coming back, but it was one of them where I knew it would eventually go and it was only a matter of time, really.

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Leeds striker Patrick Bamford was emotional and consoled by his team-mates after being forced out of his side’s Premier League game against Wolves

“When I had the partial tear and found out about that, I had the injections and it got it back together until, really, I was comfortable in training and then I calmed down in games – I played a bit in Villa and Norwich games But when I came out at half time [of the Norwich game] I was in a little pain, so I knew it wasn’t quite right.

“Coming into the Wolves game, if I was being honest with myself, I should have said no [to playing]. But then they kept asking me if I wanted to play and I said “yes”.

“As soon as I started warming up [at Wolves], I knew. There were four actions where it started to tear apart and then the last one, I knew something had happened.”

Leeds are now hoping Bamford could return for the final games of the Premier League season, with the striker in a race against time to return before the May 22 end date.

Bamford fell to the turf after fracturing his foot at Wolves
Bamford fell to the turf after fracturing his foot at Wolves

Jesse Marsch’s side are seven points clear of the drop zone in 16th place, although the two teams below them, Watford and Everton, both have games in hand on them.

Bamford, meanwhile, are hoping to put their nightmare start to 2022 behind them in time to make a real push for a place in England manager Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, and the 28-year-old is feeling positive despite his latest setback.

“It sounds weird, but sometimes when there’s black and white it’s almost easier to take,” Bamford said.

“When there’s a gray area, you’re always thinking, ‘I could be back this week, I could be back this week,’ and it’s almost a bit harder because you’re not hitting the markers. that you thought you could.”

Marsch: Bamford could play again this season

Whites boss Marsch has revealed the club are “optimistic and hopeful” about Bamford returning for the final two games of the Premier League season at Leeds.

If the American’s calculations are correct, the 28-year-old has a chance to play Leeds’ final home game of the season at home to Brighton on May 15, ahead of his final day away against relegation rivals Brentford a week later.

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Leeds manager Jesse Marsch remains positive about striker Patrick Bamford’s return despite his latest injury setback

Marsch said: “Patrick is an energetic, positive person and I think that’s part of the disappointment – that he was so determined to get back to playing and helping the team only when he felt it wasn’t not well, it was really hard for him to handle it.

“But almost the next day [after his six-week diagnosis]he was already positive again and thinking about what we could do to still find a way to get him healthy and how he could contribute to the season.

“Obviously he wants to give himself a chance to compete for a place in the [England] The world cup team. Either way, we want to help him get him back to 100% and we think we can now.

“The six weeks means I think he can be available for the last two games. We’ll have to wait and see how everything goes. He’s already saying he’s walking better, feeling better, pain free, which he was not for the past four to six months.We are optimistic and hopeful.

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Edward L. Robinett