Leeds striker Bamford ruled out of action for four months

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The Championship leaders will have to make do without the English striker for the next four months after he sustained a serious injury last week

Patrick Bamford will miss four months of action due to a serious knee problem, Leeds United officials have confirmed on Tuesday.

Bamford, who joined the club from Middlesbrough in a reported £10million deal back in July, sustained a posterior cruciate ligament injury playing in an Under-23 fixture against Bristol City at Elland Road on Friday.

The striker has made five substitute appearances in the Championship this season, with Leeds currently sitting level on points with his old club at the top of the table.

"Thanks to everyone for the messages of support," Bamford wrote on Twitter. "I'm gutted by the news but I'll be back ready to help the team as soon as possible and I'll be behind the boys all the way in the meantime."

Bamford scored his only Leeds goal to date in an EFL Cup win against Bolton Wanderers last month, but any momentum he had hoped to build up with his new club has been stalled as a result of this latest setback.

"This is clearly disappointing news for Patrick and for everyone at Leeds United," said director of football Victor Orta.

"Patrick has settled in well, quickly becoming an important player for Marcelo Bielsa and a popular part of the group. 

"We have an excellent medical team at the club and Patrick is in the best possible hands, he will be back available to us during an important part of the season and he will still play a key role in our campaign."

Bamford spent two years with Middlesbrough before he secured a move to the Yorkshire giants this summer, earning a strong reputation as a reliable centre-forward with an eye for goal, despite never fully establishing himself in the starting XI at the club.

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The 25-year-old bagged 14 goals in 51 appearances during his time at the Riverside Stadium and Leeds supporters would have been hoping he could have an even bigger impact for them following his switch during the transfer window.

However, Bamford will now have to work hard to recover quickly before he can be re-introduced to the fold, which is a blow for Bielsa as he continues to lead his team in a push for promotion to the Premier League. 

 

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