Leeds United get boost as potential key player is available for Southampton trip

Patrick Bamford is available for Saturday’s trip to Southampton.

The striker has not played for the Championship club since injuring his hamstring in a preseason friendly against Hearts in July.

Leeds are unbeaten in their last six league games when they travel to St Mary’s for the noon kick-off.

Bamford’s return is a significant boost, but manager Daniel Farke has stated that too much can be expected of the player.

“He’s obviously not in perfect rhythm, because he hasn’t played a game since the second-to-last preseason game, so he’s definitely not there 100 per cent but he’s one week further ahead,” stated Farke.

“Team training this week was extremely beneficial to him, and he’s definitely improved.”

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On Saturday, the squad will discuss this as well. It’s a lot better now. He’s undoubtedly a topic to travel after only two weeks of training. “An old rule states that a player who returns to training must spend the same amount of time on the training field to be ready to play with full confidence and rhythm.

“Patrick is an experienced player and for offensive players sometimes it can be quicker, so hopefully he doesn’t need eight weeks to be back in the mix.”

Farke also confirmed that Italy international Wilfried Gnonto underwent successful ankle ligament surgery and would return after the next international break.

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