Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has, on Sunday, provided an update on the fitness of star striker Patrick Bamford, as well as several other members of his squad.
Harrison bags hat-trick
Bielsa, of course, guided his troops back into action a short time ago.
After seeing the club’s FA Cup hopes brought to an end at the hands of West Ham last weekend, the Whites returned to the London Stadium, this time eyeing a 2nd successive victory in the Premier League for the first time all season.
And, when all was said and done, make it six points from six is precisely what Leeds went on to do.
A game of the season contender, featuring drama, chances and goals galore, ultimately culminated in the visitors emerging on the right side of a 3-2 scoreline.
Jack Harrison proved the star of the show, bagging all three of Leeds’ goals, to deal a hefty blow to West Ham’s top-4 hopes.
What a response from Leeds!
Jack Harrison grabs his second and Leeds go in front again, moments after Jarrod Bowen had equalised for West Ham! 💪 pic.twitter.com/nvul9xW25w
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 16, 2022
‘Could be an option’
Whilst they eventually emerged victorious on Sunday, though, Leeds’ endeavours at the London Stadium came at a cost.
This came as yet another pair of key members of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad were added to the lengthy list of walking wounded in west Yorkshire.
Remarkably, in the space of 60 first-half seconds, both Junior Firpo and Adam Forshaw pulled up with hamstring problems, eventually resulting in the pair limping out of proceedings.
Speaking to the media post-match, Leeds’ boss was therefore inevitably asked for an update on the wellbeing of the latest additions to the treatment table at the club.
And Bielsa simply went on to confirm that Firpo and Forshaw have picked up ‘muscular problems’:
🗣 Bielsa. “Both came off with muscular problems. Of course, in the game so early on, where we had constructed our best moments, to generate adaptations with two subs has its costs.” #LUFC https://t.co/MC0xCFJjzc
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) January 16, 2022
Even more significant, meanwhile, was an update on the fitness of Patrick Bamford.
Hitman Bamford, who missed out once more this afternoon as a precaution, ‘could be an option’ to feature in Leeds’ next outing versus Newcastle, Bielsa confirmed.
Also in with a shot of facing the Magpies, albeit less likely, are both Jamie Shackleton and Tyler Roberts:
‘(Patrick) Bamford could be an option [for the next game], but also after a long period of inactivity and slightly less chance (Jamie) Shackleton and (Tyler) Roberts.’
🗣 “We’ll see what options Bamford has, we think he could be an option.”
Marcelo Bielsa confirms Patrick Bamford may return to the Leeds team to face Newcastle pic.twitter.com/9lmaVcOfqb
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 16, 2022
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