Leeds United preferred player set to miss Southampton match

The injury bug hasn’t bit Leeds too badly

Leeds United will play Southampton at a perfect time, as the Saints have been having trouble due to four straight losses and a porous defense.
The same lineup from Leeds’ previous game, a 3-0 victory over Watford, will be used, according to manager Daniel Farke, who also confirmed that the team has no fresh injury concerns.
The striker Patrick Bamford, who was crucial to Leeds’ success in the Premier League, has resumed training and will probably go to Southampton with the team. Farke appreciated Bamford’s prior performance as well as his quality, experience, and aptitude.

In many people’s minds, there couldn’t be a better time for Leeds United to take on Southampton.

The two former Premier League sides will face one another tomorrow at St Mary’s Stadium. The Saints are coming off the back of four straight defeats in which they have conceded 12 goals and, on the weekend, lost to a previously winless Middlesbrough side.

So, for Leeds, getting to play Southampton now is logically great timing. The Whites’ manager Daniel Farke didn’t seem to agree when speaking to the press this week.

But why? His side haven’t lost a league game since the second gameweek of the season, and their injury luck seems to have flipped.

Which Leeds players are set to miss the Southampton game?Farke stated that the team has no fresh concerns regarding injuries. They will use the same lineup that defeated Watford 3-0 in their most recent match.

Wilfried Gnonto, who underwent ankle surgery after suffering the injury in the draw with Hull City, will still be sidelined. He won’t be eligible to re-join the team until the following international break, according to Farke.

“Willy Gnonto had successful surgery, so he’s already on his way to doing a lot of rehab work,” said Farke (via Leeds Live).

Full backs Junior Firpo and Djed Spence will also be out of the matchday squad, the manager confirmed.

He added “Junior Firpo is not back in team training, so it will also definitely last until the international break… Djed Spence needs a bit of time and won’t be involved before the international break.”

Patrick Bamford injury return date

Striker Patrick Bamford has re-joined first team training having gotten injured in pre-season. The 30-year-old, who was so important to the team’s success in the Premier League, hasn’t been on the pitch for a second this season.

Farke said that he will likely travel with the squad to Hampshire for Saturday’s game. “It’s much improved, two weeks back in training,” said the boss.

“In team training, I think this week was massively beneficial for him. He’s also in topic for the squad on Saturday.”

The German was asked about the mental side of a return for the striker. He said “There is old rule that normally a player who’s back in training needs as long on the training pitch to be ready with full confidence, full rhythm, to be ready to play the same time as he was out.

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

Bamford received high praise from the manager who spoke highly of his previous record in the Championship. “Last time he played at Championship level he got 20 goals and got this club promoted,” said Farke.

“It’s definitely good to have a player of his experience, quality, and ability back in the mix.”

The 30-year-old, Georginio Rutter, and Mateo Joseph were at one point Leeds’ three primary strikers who were out with injuries. The latter two are back playing with the first team; the Frenchman has participated in eight of the squad’s games, and Joseph made a weekend comeback to the bench.


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